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The "Arizona Brand"


Andy Katz reports that nobody pulled off a bigger recruiting turnaround for the 2009 basketball class than the Cats.  Coach Miller may not have realized the power of the "Arizona Brand" before getting to Tucson, but quickly realized that the Arizona name carries serious weight.

"The Arizona brand speaks for itself," Miller said. "It's an amazing recruiting tool."

On April 7, 2009, the Cats did not have one recruit for the 2009 season.  That quickly changed with Miller grabbing Solomon Hill, Derrick Williams, Lamont Jones, Kevin Parrom, and Kyrl Natyazho.   The Cats are looking like they will be a work in progress from the beginning with such young blood coming and minimal returning starters.  Nic Wise will have to lead the charge for this group to start gelling by Pac-10 time. Here is a look at the 2009-2010 basketball schedule:

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
11/01/09 Red-Blue Game Tucson, Ariz. TBA
11/04/09 vs. Augustana College Tucson, Ariz. TBA
11/10/09 vs. Western New Mexico Tucson, Ariz. TBA
11/15/09 vs. Northern Arizona Tucson, Ariz. TBA
11/19/09 vs. Rice Tucson, Ariz. TBA
EA Sports Maui Invitational
11/23/09 Chaminade, Cincinnati, Colorado, Gonzaga, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin Lahaina, Hawaii TBA
11/24/09 Second Round Lahaina, Hawaii TBA
11/25/09 Third Round Lahaina, Hawaii TBA
12/02/09 vs. UNLV Tucson, Ariz. TBA
Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
12/06/09 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla. TBA
12/09/09 vs. Louisiana Tech Tucson, Ariz. TBA
12/12/09 at San Diego State San Diego, Calif. TBA
12/21/09 vs. Lipscomb Tucson, Ariz. TBA
12/23/09 vs. North Carolina State Tucson, Ariz. TBA
Fiesta Bowl Classic
12/28/09 vs. BYU Tucson, Ariz. TBA
12/31/09 at UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. TBA
01/02/10 at USC Los Angeles, Calif. TBA
01/07/10 vs. Washington State Tucson, Ariz. TBA
01/09/10 vs. Washington Tucson, Ariz. TBA
01/14/10 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. TBA
01/16/10 at Oregon Eugene, Ore. TBA
01/23/10 at Arizona State Tempe, Ariz. TBA
01/28/10 vs. Stanford Tucson, Ariz. TBA
01/30/10 vs. California Tucson, Ariz. TBA
02/04/10 at Washington Seattle, Wash. TBA
02/06/10 at Washington State Pullman, Wash. TBA
02/11/10 vs. Oregon Tucson, Ariz. TBA
02/13/10 vs. Oregon State Tucson, Ariz. TBA
02/20/10 vs. Arizona State Tucson, Ariz. TBA
02/25/10 at California Berkeley, Calif. TBA
02/27/10 at Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. TBA
03/04/10 vs. USC Tucson, Ariz. TBA
03/06/10 vs. UCLA Tucson, Ariz. TBA


The Cats have their work cut out for them by playing in Maui against Maryland, Gonzaga, Wisconsin and then traveling to Norman to play Oklahoma.  After that brutal start, the Cats take on N.C. State at home followed by BYU in Tucson.  After all of the non-conference madness the Cats Pac-10 opener is against UCLA in Los Angeles.