Both teams surprisingly lost in the first round of the tournament. Arizona (3-1) was upset 90-84 by NC State in its opening game Thursday, while SMU (4-1) fell 61-58 to Northern Iowa.
Both teams will look to bounce back Thursday. Here is how you can tune in, and we will be chatting about the game in the comment section below. Join us!
How to watch
Game time: 7:30 p.m. MST
TV (sorta): ESPN3
Live stream: Watch ESPN
How to listen
Radio: Arizona IMG Sports Network (Jeffries/Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 126, XM 198
Arizona game notes
- Arizona faces SMU in day two of the Battle 4 Atlantis after dropping a 84-90 decision to NC State on Wednesday night. The Wildcats got 27 points apiece from freshman Deandre Ayton and junior Allonzo Trier in the loss. UA only lead for only 90 seconds during the game as it was quiet from beyond the arc, shooting 11.8 percent on 17 shot attempts.
- The Wildcats and Mustangs will face each other for the first time in over four decades. The two programs have met three times with all of them coming during the mid-1970’s. UA topped SMU 117-85 on Dec. 30, 1976 in the final of trio of meetings. That game took place Arizona’s second-to-final season in the Western Athletic Conference before joining the Pac-12 Conference prior to the 1978-79 season.
- After scoring just three points in the first half against NC State, Allonzo Trier scored 24 in the second half to finish with 27 points. It surpassed his 22 points versus NAU in the first half of the season opener for the junior’s highest scoring half of his career.
- Deandre Ayton finished Wednesday night with 27 points and 14 rebounds versus the Wolfpack, which were both season/career highs for him. He joined Bob Elliott (1973-74) as the only other Arizona player to record four consecutive double-doubles at any point during their freshman season. Ayton also became the first player since A.J. Bramlett in 1998-99 to begin a season with four straight double-doubles.