TUCSON, Ariz. – For nearly four decades Wildcat basketball has been regularly featured on television, and 2012-13 is much the same as all 30 regular-season games are scheduled for broadcast. The schedule features at least 19 national appearances with 15 games offered on the ESPN family of networks and four more on Fox Sports Net.
Additionally, 11 games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, which could be delivered nationally, pending availability in the viewer's home area. Those telecasts begin with the season opener vs. Charleston Southern on Nov. 11.
Arizona's first appearance of the season on FSN will take place Nov. 15 vs. UTEP. FSN also will televise the home games vs. Washington State (Jan. 23) and Arizona State (March 9) in addition to the Pac-12 Conference road tilt at Arizona State (Jan. 19).
The Cats will make six appearances on the ESPN family in December alone, beginning Dec. 1 at Texas Tech. Following an ESPN2 appearance at Clemson (Dec. 8) and an ESPN appearance at home vs. Florida (Dec. 15), Arizona will participate in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 22-23 and 25. First-round games, all consolations and one semifinal are on ESPNU. The other semifinal and the Christmas Day championship game will be shown on ESPN2. All times for the tournament have yet to be announced.
Once Arizona opens Pac-12 play, six games will be carried by the Pac-12 Networks, the aforementioned FSN games and nine games on the ESPN family. UA's final regular-season appearance on the ESPN family – the March 2 game at UCLA – will be televised on ESPN and feature the ESPN GameDay College Basketball crew. It marks the second straight season in which the Cats have been featured on a GameDay telecast.
For the first time since reconvening the postseason tournament in 2002, the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, March 13-16. First-round games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks, while quarterfinal and semifinal action will split between the Pac-12 Networks and the ESPN family. The championship game will be televised by ESPN on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. PDT.
The conference launched the Pac-12 Networks – one national and six regional sports networks – on Aug. 15. Through agreements with Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Bright House, the networks are available on basic cable in the television markets that most closely serve member institutions, and on basic digital cable throughout the conference footprint.
For those fans outside of the Pac-12 footprint, please contact your local cable provider for channel availability or use this link: http://pac-12.com/AboutPac-12Enterprises/ChannelFinder.aspx
Arizona returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season's club that posted a 23-12 record.
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