It’s been eight years since the Arizona Wildcats lost three games in a row, but it’s on the verge of happening in the Bahamas this November.
After dropping consecutive contests to NC State and SMU, the second-ranked Wildcats (3-2) will battle the No. 18 Purdue Boilermakers (4-2) on Friday for seventh place in Battle 4 Atlantis.
Both teams have stunningly lost two straight and will look to get back in the win column Friday in their final game on the island.
Here is how you can tune into the action, 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 stream: Arizona IMG Radio Network (Brian Jeffries and Ryan Hansen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 126, XM 198
Arizona game notes
- Arizona dropped its second consecutive non-conference game in the 60-66 loss to SMU on Thanksgiving Day. It’s the first time UA has dropped back-to-back games before conference play since the 2011-12 season.
- Arizona will wrap up the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis by taking on No. 18/16 Purdue. The Wildcats have seven of their last eight non-conference games versus nationally-ranked opponents in the regular season.
- Freshman Deandre Ayton finished Thursday’s game with 17 points and 15 rebounds to secure his fifth consecutive double-double of his young career. He is the first Arizona freshman in program history to tally five straight double-doubles. Ayton also became the first Wildcat, of any kind, to record five consecutive double-doubles since Ryan Anderson in the 2015-16 season.
- With 22 points against SMU, Allonzo Trier has now scored 20 or more points in each of the Wildcats’ first five games of the season. Trier became the first Wildcat to open a season with five consecutive games of 20 or more points since Chase Budinger in 2008-09.
- Arizona and Purdue’s last regular season meetings came in non-conference play in back-to-back seasons. The two programs met in the 2000 Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis before squaring off in the 2001 John R. Wooden Classic. Five of the 11 meetings between the Wildcats and Boilermakers have come at neutral sites in non-conference play