Nationally ranked Wildcats to make 14 appearances on national television
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- National exposure goes hand-in-hand with being one of the nation’s elite programs as every regular-season University of Arizona men’s basketball game potentially could be televised live in 2005-06.
For more than 30 years Wildcat basketball has been regularly featured on television, and 2005-06 is no different as all 27 regular-season games and one exhibition is slated for broadcast. The schedule features 14 national appearances with eight games offered on Fox Sports Net, three on ESPN/ESPN2, two on CBS-TV and one on ABC-TV.
Additionally, Fox Sports Net Arizona will produce 12 games to be shown in the Arizona market, including one exhibition game. Longtime Tucson sports personality Dave Sitton (play-by-play) and Arizona Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Elliott (color commentary) will call the action for FSN Arizona.
The 2005-06 broadcast schedule tips-off with a local broadcast, Sonoma State (Nov. 9), on FSN Arizona.
The Cats open the regular season on Nov. 21 at the EA Sports Maui Invitational against Kansas in the team’s first national appearance of the season on ESPN. It is the first of three appearances on the ESPN family. UA’s Dec. 3 tilt at Houston will be shown on ESPN2 and the Dec. 17 game at Utah will be on ESPN. Arizona’s two remaining games at the EA Sports Maui Invitational could be televised on ESPN as well.
Fox Sports Net’s first telecast takes place on Sunday, Nov. 27, when the Wildcats host Virginia. FSN also will televise seven of Arizona’s Pacific-10 Conference games, including road games at Washington (Dec. 31), Oregon (Jan. 14), UCLA (Feb. 4), and California (Feb. 16).
UA will make two regular-season appearances on CBS-TV, as the contests at North Carolina (Jan. 28) and at Stanford (Feb. 19) will be shown nationally.
Arizona’s lone appearance on ABC-TV is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, with a key Pac-10 home game vs. California. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. MST in Tucson.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Pac-10 will converge on the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, March 8-11. First round, quarterfinal and semifinal action will be shown live by Fox Sports Net, while the championship game will be televised by CBS-TV on Saturday, March 11, at 3 p.m. PST.
Three games remain tentative at this point. Television carriers for Arizona’s games on Nov. 16, Dec. 29 and March 4 have yet to be determined. Broadcast details are still being worked out for the Nov. 16 and Dec. 29 contests, while the March 4 game is under consideration for broadcast as a Pac-10 wildcard selection. Broadcast information for that date will be announced 12 days in advance of tip-off. The remaining information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
Additionally, Arizona’s participation in the EA Sports Maui Invitational could bring two additional appearances on the ESPN family on Nov. 22 and 23. These games, combined with the aforementioned wildcard selection, could push Arizona’s regular-season national appearances to 17.