Sept. 28, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona released its 2001-02 men's basketball schedule on Friday. The 28-game regular-season slate features games against 10 teams that played in last year's NCAA Tournament.
The 98th season of Arizona basketball features 13 regular-season home games, four neutral-site games and 11 road games. In addition to the always-challenging Pac-10 slate, the Cats' non-conference schedule will take the team from coast to coast and features match-ups against some of the finest programs in the nation.
Arizona tips-off the 2001-02 campaign at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City on Nov. 8-9. The Cats meet fellow 2001 NCAA Final Four participant Maryland in the opening round of the tournament and face either Florida or Temple in the consolation/championship round the following night.
Two games against Big 12 Conference foes follow, a Nov. 17 game at Texas and the McKale Center home opener vs. Kansas on Dec. 1, before UA plays Illinois on Dec. 4. That game is scheduled to be played at America West Arena in Phoenix as part of a doubleheader with Arizona State and Utah.
For the second year in a row, the Cats will take part in a John R. Wooden-honored event, as UA takes on Purdue in the Wooden Classic on Dec. 8 in Anaheim, Calif. Road games at Michigan State (Dec. 15), Oregon State (Dec. 20) and Oregon (Dec. 22) occur before the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic in Tucson on Dec. 28-30. Pepperdine, Valparaiso and West Virginia make up the field for the 17th annual holiday event.
The Cats return to Pac-10 play in the first week of January, hosting Oregon on Jan.4 and Oregon State on Jan. 6. Other Pac-10 foes will make the following appearances in McKale Center: USC (Jan. 17), UCLA (Jan. 19), Washington (Feb. 7), Washington State (Feb. 9), Arizona State (Feb. 20), Stanford (Feb. 28) and California (March 2).
Arizona steps out of conference play to face Connecticut on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Tucson. That is the final non-conference game of the year.
The Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament make its return on March 7-9 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Only the top eight teams in the final league standings will compete for the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Arizona won three of the four Pac-10 tournament titles (1988-90) in the event's first incarnation.
In addition to the Pepsi Red-Blue Game (Oct. 28), the Wildcats have two exhibitions on the schedule as well. Arizona hosts the EA Sports All-Stars on Sunday, Nov. 4, and Nike Elite on Sunday, Nov. 25.
Game times and television broadcast information will follow when finalized.
2001-02 Arizona Men's Basketball Schedule
Day Date Opponent Sun. Oct. 28 Pepsi Red-Blue Game Sun. Nov. 4 EA Sports All-Stars (EX) Thurs. Nov. 8 !at Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic Temple vs. Florida Arizona vs. Maryland Fri. Nov. 9 !at Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic Consolation Championship Sat. Nov. 17 at Texas Sun. Nov. 25 Nike Elite (EX) Sat. Dec. 1 Kansas Tue. Dec. 4 %vs. Illinois Sat. Dec. 8 #at Wooden Classic Arizona vs. Purdue Sat. Dec. 15 at Michigan State Thurs. Dec. 20 *at Oregon State Sat. Dec. 22 *at Oregon Fri. Dec. 28 Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic Arizona vs. Pepperdine Valparaiso vs. West Virginia Sun. Dec. 30 Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic Consolation Game Championship Game Fri. Jan. 4 *Oregon Sun. Jan. 6 *Oregon State Thurs. Jan. 10 *at Washington State Sat. Jan. 12 *at Washington Thurs. Jan. 17 *USC Sat. Jan. 19 *UCLA Wed. Jan. 23 *at Arizona State Sat. Jan. 26 Connecticut Thurs. Jan. 31 *at California Sat. Feb. 2 *at Stanford Thurs. Feb. 7 *Washington Sat. Feb. 9 *Washington State Thurs. Feb. 14 *at UCLA Sat. Feb. 16 *at USC Wed. Feb. 20 *Arizona State Thurs. Feb. 28 *Stanford Sat. March 2 *California Thurs.-Sat. March 7-9 $at 2002 Pac-10 Conference Tournament Thurs.-Sun. March 14-17 2002 NCAA Tournament First/Second Rounds Thurs.-Sun. March 21-24 2002 NCAA Regionals Sat.-Mon. March 30-April 1 2002 NCAA Final Four
All home games listed in bold and will be played in McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz.
* - Pac-10 Conference Game
! - at Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
% - at America West Arena
# - at The Pond, Anaheim, Calif.
$ - at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.