Sept. 26, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - With an Elite Eight run and a conference championship in the rearview mirror, public demand remains high as every regular-season University of Arizona men's basketball game will be televised live in 2011-12.
For more than 35 years Wildcat basketball has been regularly featured on television, and 2011-12 is much the same as all 31 regular-season games are scheduled for broadcast. The schedule features at least 19 national appearances with 10 games offered on Fox Sports Net, six on the ESPN family and three on CBS-TV.
Additionally, UA's regional broadcast partners, KWBA-TV and FS Arizona -- through its regular channel and FS Arizona Plus - will televise 11 games to be shown in the Arizona market. Longtime Tucson sports personality Dave Sitton (play-by-play) and former Arizona basketball letterman Corey Williams (color commentary) will call the action in 2011-12. Those telecasts begin with Ball State game on Nov. 13.
The 2011-12 broadcast schedule tips off with a pair of exhibition games - Seattle Pacific (Oct. 27) and Humboldt State (Nov. 1) - that will be broadcast regionally on FOX College Sports (Oct. 27) and FS Arizona (Nov. 1), respectively.
The Cats open the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Nov. 7 and 9 vs. Valparaiso and Duquesne and both games will be carried on ESPNU. UA will face St. John's on Nov. 17 in New York City and either Mississippi State or Texas A&M on Nov. 17 as part of the finals of the that event on ESPN2.
Arizona will make two more appearances on the ESPN family - at Florida (Dec. 7) will be televised on ESPN2, while the Jan. 28 game vs. Washington will be shown on ESPN and feature the ESPN GameDay College Basketball crew.
Arizona's first appearance of the season on FSN will take place Dec. 10 vs. Clemson. FSN also will televise the home games vs. Washington State (Jan. 26) and Utah (Feb. 11) in addition to seven other Pacific-12 Conference games. Included in that figure are games at UCLA (Jan. 5), California (Feb. 2) Washington (Feb. 18) and Arizona State (March 4).
UA's appearances on CBS-TV come against Gonzaga (Dec. 17), Oregon (Jan. 14) and UCLA (Feb. 25). It marks the first time Arizona has had as many regular-season appearances on CBS since 2002-03.
For the 11th consecutive season, the Pac-12 will converge on the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-12 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 10.
Four games remain tentative at this point. Arizona's Dec. 31 game vs. Arizona State awaits a start time and a broadcast carrier. Additionally, the television carrier for the Jan. 19 contest at Utah has yet to be determined. The broadcast information for the Feb. 9 and Feb. 23 games are under consideration for broadcast as Pac-12 wildcard selections. Broadcast information for those dates will be announced 11 days prior to tip-off. The remaining information will be released as soon as it becomes available.