Oct. 25, 2001
* 2001-02 Schedule
TUCSON, Ariz. - True to form, the University of Arizona men's basketball program will receive extensive television coverage, as every regular-season game is scheduled to be televised live in 2001-02.
For 30 years Wildcat basketball has been regularly featured on television, and 2001-02 is no different as all 28 regular-season games are scheduled to be televised. The schedule features 13 national appearances with five games offered on Fox Sports Net, five on CBS-TV, two on ESPN/ESPN2 and one on ABC-TV.
Additionally, Fox Sports Net Arizona will produce 17 games to be shown in the Arizona market, including the Pepsi Red-Blue Scrimmage and two exhibition games. Four of those games will be shown on Tucson's KWBA-TV 58.
The Cats open the 2001-02 regular season in New York City at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic on Nov. 8 vs. Maryland (9 p.m. EST) on ESPN2. It is the first of two appearances on the ESPN family. UA's second appearance will come the following evening, as the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic consolation and championship games will be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN, respectively.
UA's home opener on Saturday, Dec. 1, vs. Kansas marks the first of five CBS-TV broadcasts, beginning at 12:30 p.m. MST. Other Wildcat appearances on CBS include Dec. 15 at Michigan State (2 p.m. EST), Jan. 19 vs. UCLA (Noon MST), Jan. 26 vs. Connecticut (11 a.m. MST) and March 2 vs. California (Noon MST).
Arizona's lone appearance on ABC-TV is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, as the squad travels to USC. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. MST in Los Angeles.
Fox Sports Net's first telecast takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Southwest Showdown. Arizona takes on Illinois at America West Arena in the first game of the doubleheader in Phoenix beginning at 6 p.m. MST. FSN will also televise four of Arizona's Pacific-10 Conference games.
KWBA-TV tips-off its coverage with the Cats' first true road game of the year Saturday, Nov. 17, at Texas (7 p.m. CST). The coverage continues with three Thursday night telecasts, including Dec. 20 at Oregon State (7 p.m. PST), Jan. 10 at Washington State (7 p.m. PST), and Jan. 31 at California (7 p.m. PST).
Two games remain tentative at this point. Fox Sports Net Arizona will broadcast Arizona's game at Oregon on Saturday, Dec. 22, but a time has not been announced. Regarding the Stanford game scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28, Fox Sports Net has the option of selecting a game that may be crucial in the Pacific-10 Conference standings. A decision on that game will be made 14 days in advance.
After an 11-year hiatus, the Pac-10 Conference Tournament returns to the schedule this season. The top eight teams in the league's regular-season standings will advance to the Staples Center in Los Angeles March 7-9. 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 9 at 3 p.m. PST.