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September 4, 2013

Arizona releases Pac-12 TV schedule, times



Eight of Arizona's Pac-12 Conference games will be broadcast on ESPN's family of networks and four more will air on newly formed Fox Sports 1.

The finalized league slate, released Tuesday, also will include five contests on Pac-12 Networks and the regular-season finale at Oregon on CBS.

In all, the Wildcats will play on ESPN's family of networks 13 times - including four nonconference matchups in the NIT Season Tip-Off from mid-to-late November. The fifth nonconference meeting against visiting UNLV will air Dec. 7 on ESPN2.

The Pac-12 schedule also will get a shakeup in the week-to-week selection of days the games will be played. Last season, UA opened the first five weeks of conference play with a Thursday/Saturday routine, minus one week in which the unbalanced schedule called for just one game, before a sprinkle of Wednesday and Sunday contests.

For the upcoming season, the Wildcats will play four games on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and another five on Thursdays. There also will be a Friday night Valentine's Day date at rival Arizona State.

The Pac-12 and ESPN's family of networks have a partnership that includes a Sunday night doubleheader with the ACC.

The Feb. 22 trip to Colorado also could be selected for ESPN's College GameDay, the network's game of the week. The Wildcats have been featured in each of the last two seasons.

The first two rounds of the Pac-12 tournament, which will be played March 12-15 in Las Vegas, will air exclusively on the Pac-12 Networks. The network will share the semifinals with Fox Sports 1, which also will broadcast the championship game.

Five of Arizona's first seven Pac-12 games will be played at McKale Center, starting with a Jan. 2 contest against Washington State. The first road trip will be to Southern California on the second week of the new year, starting with a highly anticipated meeting with UCLA on Jan. 9.

The Bruins, who won the regular-season Pac-12 championship, defeated the Wildcats in all three meetings - including a controversial semifinal win in the league tournament that led to an investigation into the officiating of the event and the resignation of former coordinator of officials Ed Rush.

UCLA will not visit McKale Center next season.

Here is the full schedule complete with game times and networks.

Tracy McDannaldTracy McDannald
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