The Arizona men’s basketball program, in conjunction with the Pac-12 Conference, announced start times and television information for its 2013-14 season on Tuesday.
In keeping with the Wildcats’ tradition of being one of the nation’s most visible programs, every UA game in 2013-14 will be broadcast on national television.
Arizona will make two appearances on CBS during the 2013-14 campaign, with the flagship of college basketball broadcasting the Wildcats’ games at Michigan on Dec. 14 (noon ET) and Oregon on March 8 (1 p.m. PT). The network’s cable partner, CBS College Sports, will carry UA’s game at San Diego State on Nov. 14 (7:05 p.m. PT).
The Wildcats are slated for 13 regular-season appearances on the ESPN family of networks, including all four contests in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Both of Arizona’s NIT games at McKale Center will start at 9 p.m. MST and air on ESPNU, while both games at Madison Square Garden will be broadcast on ESPN (times to be determined).
The last of UA’s five non-conference appearances on the ESPN family of networks will come on Dec. 7, when ESPN2 broadcasts the Wildcats’ home game against UNLV (3:15 p.m. MST).
Eight of Arizona’s Pac-12 games will be broadcast by the Worldwide Leader, beginning with the team’s Jan. 9 visit to UCLA (6 p.m. PT, ESPN or ESPN2). The ESPN family of networks will televise UA’s home games against Colorado on Jan. 23 (7 p.m. MST, ESPN2), Oregon on Feb. 6 (7 p.m. MST, ESPN or ESPN2), California on Feb. 26 (7 p.m. MST, ESPN2) and Stanford on March 2 (6 p.m. MST, ESPNU), as well as conference road dates at Stanford on Jan. 29 (6 p.m. PT, ESPN2), Arizona State on Feb. 14 (7 p.m. MST, ESPN) and Colorado on Feb. 22 (4 or 7 p.m. MT, ESPN or ESPN2).
Arizona’s visit to Boulder on Feb. 22 has the potential to be selected for ESPN College GameDay, which would mark the third year in a row that the Wildcats would appear on the popular show. ESPN will make the site determination no later than two weeks prior to the date of the game.
UA will make a dozen appearances on Pac-12 Network over the course of the upcoming season. The network will carry UA’s first three games of the season: the Oct. 28 exhibition against Augustana College (7 p.m. MST), the season opener against Cal Poly on Nov. 8 (8 p.m. MST) and the Nov. 11 matchup with Long Beach State (8 p.m. MST).
Additional Pac-12 Network home games include Texas Tech (Dec. 3, 7 p.m. MST), New Mexico State (Dec. 11, 7 p.m. MST), Southern (Dec. 19, 7 p.m. MST), Northern Arizona (Dec. 23, 8 p.m. MST), Washington State (Jan. 2, 8 p.m. MST), Washington (Jan. 4, noon MST) and Oregon State (Feb. 9, 5 p.m. MST). Arizona’s two road games set for Pac-12 Network broadcasts are USC (Jan. 12, 6 p.m. PT) and California (Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. PT).
Four of the Wildcats’ games have been selected for broadcast by the newly-formed Fox Sports 1: home dates with Arizona State (Jan. 16, 7 p.m. MST) and Utah (Jan. 26, 6 p.m. MST), and road dates with the Utes (Feb. 19, 8 p.m. MT) and Oregon State (March 5, 8 p.m. PT).
Broadcast rights for the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament, set for March 12-15 in Las Vegas, will be shared by Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports 1.
The Wildcats return three starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 27-8, posting the program’s 24th 20-win season in the last 26 years. UA made its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.
Arizona also welcomes to campus the nation’s fifth-ranked recruiting class, headlined by forwards Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Elliott Pitts, while point guard T.J. McConnell will suit up for UA after sitting out last season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
Tickets for the McDonald’s Red-Blue Game are currently on sale in person at the McKale Center Ticket Office, over the phone at (520) 621-CATS and online at arizonawildcats.com. Set for 3 p.m. MST on Saturday, Oct. 12, the McDonald’s Red-Blue Game festivities will include a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Wildcats’ 1994 Final Four team.
Advance ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-17). Groups of 25 or more may purchase tickets for $4 apiece and those of 100 or more my purchase tickets for $2 each. All seats for the McDonald’s Red-Blue Game are general admission.
Zona Zoo members will be able to gain free admission to the McDonald’s Red-Blue Game by presenting their CatCards at the Zona Zoo entrance on the day of the game.
The McDonald’s Red-Blue Game has sold out in each of the last two seasons, with another sellout expected in 2013.For the latest updates on Arizona men’s basketball and an inside look at the program, follow @APlayersProgram on Twitter.