Arizona Releases Men’s Basketball Early Season Schedule, First Watch Red-Blue Game Information
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona men's basketball team has released its early season schedule, which includes all dates for games to be played in November and December in addition to the annual First Watch Red-Blue Game, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3:00 p.m. MST.
Your first chance to get tickets for the First Watch Red-Blue game will be online only at ArizonaWildcats.com starting at 9:00 a.m. MST on Aug. 14. Tickets will be available for walk-up purchase at the McKale Center Ticket Office starting at 9:00 a.m. on Aug. 16. All tickets for Arizona Athletics will be mobile tickets this season.
Ticket prices for the Red-Blue game are $15 for tickets in sections A and B. Tickets in sections C, D and E cost $10 while seats in sections F through N will cost $7. (seating map)
The Wildcats will play their only exhibition game on Nov. 1 against Eastern New Mexico before jumping into the first regular season game on Nov. 9 against Northern Arizona.
Start times, TV designations as well as the remainder of the Pac-12 Conference schedule will be announced at a later date. The conference has announced who Arizona will play at home and on the road for the 2021-22 season:
Home: ASU, CAL, COLO, OSU, STAN, UCLA, USC, UTAH, WASH, ORE
Road: ASU, CAL, COLO, OSU, STAN, UCLA, USC, UTAH, WASH, WSU
The full list of early season games is as follows:
|Oct. 2||3:00pm||First Watch Red-Blue Game||Tucson, AZ|
|Nov. 1||Eastern New Mexico (Exh.)||Tucson, AZ|
|Nov. 9||Northern Arizona||Tucson, AZ|
|Nov. 12||UT Rio Grande Valley||Tucson, AZ|
|Nov. 16||North Dakota State #||Tucson, AZ|
|Nov. 19||vs. Wichita State/UNLV/Michigan^||Las Vegas, NV|
|Nov. 21||vs. TBA^||Las Vegas, NV|
|Nov. 27||Sacramento State||Tucson, AZ|
|Dec. 2||Washington*||Tucson, AZ|
|Dec. 5||at Oregon State*||Corvallis, OR|
|Dec. 8||Wyoming||Tucson, AZ|
|Dec. 11||at Illinois||Champaign, IL|
|Dec. 15||Northern Colorado||Tucson, AZ|
|Dec. 18||Cal Baptist||Tucson, AZ|
|Dec. 22||at Tennessee||Knoxville, TN|
# - Part of Roman Main Event, game played in McKale Center
^ - Roman Main Event at T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas
* - Pac-12 Conference games
Series History vs. Early Season Opponents
Eastern New Mexico (Exhibition): Arizona has played ENMU once during the regular season, a 118-66 win in Tucson on Dec. 13, 1960.
Northern Arizona: Arizona leads the all-time series, 100-27
UT Rio Grande Valley: UTRGV is a result of a merger of two schools, one of which was UT – Pan American. The Wildcats are 1-1 all-time against UTPA, losing at home in 1983 before winning in Edinburgh, Texas in 1984.
North Dakota State: Arizona leads the all-time series, 1-0, picking up a win on Dec. 18, 2017 in Tucson.
Wichita State: Arizona trails the all-time series with the Shockers, 2-1.
UNLV: Arizona trails the all-time series with UNLV, 12-9, but won the last two meetings in 2015 and 2017.
Michigan: Arizona leads the all-time series, 8-2, including wins in 2013 and 2014.
Sacramento State: This will be the first meeting
Washington: Arizona leads the all-time series, 56-31, after sweeping both games during the 2020-21 season.
Oregon State: Arizona leads the all-time series, 68-22, and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings overall.
Wyoming: Arizona leads the all-time series, 20-15, but this will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2004.
Illinois: Arizona leads the all-time series, 9-6, but posted a 90-69 win in Tucson during the 2019-20 season.
Northern Colorado: Arizona leads the all-time series, 3-1, with the most recent meeting coming in 2016.
Cal Baptist: This will be the first meeting. The two teams were supposed to play in 2020-21 but the game was cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols.
Tennessee: Arizona trails the all-time series, 3-1, with the last meeting coming in 1998 in Albuquerque, when Arizona win 73-72.