Nationally ranked Wildcats to make 12 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 2006-07.
For more than 30 years Wildcat basketball has been regularly featured on television, and 2006-07 is no different as all 29 regular-season games and one exhibition is slated for broadcast. The schedule features 12 national appearances with seven games offered on Fox Sports Net, two on ESPN, two on CBS-TV and one on ABC-TV.
Additionally, FSN Arizona will produce 15 games to be shown in the Arizona market, including one exhibition game. Longtime Tucson sports personality Dave Sitton (play-by-play) and Arizona Sports Hall of Famer Bob Elliott (color commentary) will call the action for FSN Arizona.
The 2006-07 broadcast schedule tips off with a local broadcast, University of Victoria (Nov. 8), on FSN Arizona. The Cats open the regular season on Nov. 12 at Virginia, also an FSN Arizona broadcast.
Arizona’s first national appearance of the season will be against Illinois, Dec. 2, on ESPN. It is the first of back-to-back appearances on the network. UA’s Dec. 5 tilt vs. Louisville at the Jimmy V Classic will be shown on ESPN.
Fox Sports Net’s first national telecast takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 20, when the Wildcats host Memphis as part of the Fiesta Bowl Classic presented by Chase. FSN also will televise six of Arizona’s Pacific-10 Conference games, including road games at Washington (Jan. 4), UCLA (Feb. 20) and Arizona State (Feb. 25).
UA will make two regular-season appearances on CBS-TV, as the contests against North Carolina (Jan. 27) and UCLA (Feb. 17) will be shown nationally. Both of those games will be played in McKale Center.
Arizona’s lone appearance on ABC-TV is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, with a key Pac-10 road game at Oregon. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PST in Eugene.
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 7-10. 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.
Five games remain tentative at this point. A television carrier for Arizona’s game on Dec. 9 at San Diego State has yet to be determined. Broadcast details are still being worked out for the Jan. 6 and Feb. 8 contests, while the March 1 and 3 games are under consideration for broadcast as a Pac-10 wildcard selection. Broadcast information for those dates will be announced 12 days in advance of tip-off. The remaining information will be released as soon as it becomes available.