2003-04 Men's Basketball Television Schedule Announced
Oct. 22, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - National exposure goes hand-in-hand with being one of the nation's elite programs as every regular-season University of Arizona men's basketball game is scheduled to be televised live in 2003-04.
For more than 30 years Wildcat basketball has been regularly featured on television, and 2003-04 is no different as all 27 regular-season games are slated for broadcast. The schedule features 16 national appearances with nine games offered on Fox Sports Net, three on ESPN/ESPN2, and two each on CBS-TV and ABC-TV.
Additionally, Fox Sports Net Arizona will produce 13 games to be shown in the Arizona market, including the two exhibition games. Longtime Tucson sports personality Dave Sitton (play-by-play) and Arizona Athletic Hall of Famer Bob Elliott (color commentary) will call the action for FSNA.
The 2003-04 broadcast schedule tips-off with three local broadcasts, beginning with Sydney (Nov. 12) and Team Nike (Nov. 20) exhibition games. The Cats open the regular season in McKale Center Nov. 24 against Northern Arizona before three consecutive national appearances.
Arizona's first national appearance of the season comes Nov. 28, as the team travels to Springfield, Mass., to take on Florida in the MassMutual Classic on ESPN2. It is the first of three appearances on the ESPN family. UA's next two games, Dec. 6 vs. Saint Louis (ESPN2) and Dec. 9 vs. Texas at the Jimmy V Classic in New York City (ESPN) will also be carried nationally on the cable network.
Fox Sports Net's first telecast takes place on Saturday, Dec. 13, when the Wildcats host Marquette. FSN also will televise six of Arizona's Pacific-10 Conference games, including road games at Arizona State (Jan. 3), Washington State (Jan. 31), California (Feb. 5) and Oregon (Feb. 19).
Arizona's first of two appearances on ABC-TV is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, with a key Pac-10 road game at UCLA. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. PST in Los Angeles. UA's other ABC appearance comes Feb 7 at Stanford.
UA's home game on Sunday, Jan. 25, vs. Oregon marks the first of two CBS-TV broadcasts, beginning at 2 p.m. MST. The other Wildcat appearance on CBS comes March 7 in the regular season finale vs. Arizona State (2 p.m. MST).
For the third consecutive season, the top eight teams in the league's regular-season standings will advance to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, March 11-13. 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 13 at 3 p.m. PST.
Three games remains tentative at this point. Television carriers for Arizona's games on Nov. 12, Nov. 24 and Dec. 28 have yet to be determined. Information will be released as soon as it becomes available.