Ever since the Pac-10 expanded to the Pac-12, there’s always been something disappointing with the Arizona Wildcats’ conference schedule.
This year is definitely no different.
Arizona will not travel to Los Angeles to face the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins this year, and will also not host the Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars.
Here’s a look at the rough weekend pairings that the Wildcats will have this coming year:
Week of Dec. 27-31
Arizona State at Arizona
Week of Jan. 3-7
Arizona/Arizona State at Colorado/Utah
Week of Jan. 10-14
Oregon/Oregon State at Arizona/Arizona State
Week of Jan. 17-21
Arizona/Arizona State at California/Stanford
Week of Jan. 24-28
Colorado/Utah at Arizona/Arizona State
Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4
Arizona/Arizona State at Washington/Washington State
Week of Feb. 7-11
UCLA/USC at Arizona/Arizona State
Week of Feb. 14-18
Arizona at Arizona State
Week of Feb. 21-25
Arizona/Arizona State at Oregon/Oregon State
Week of Feb. 28-March 3
California/Stanford at Arizona/Arizona State
Pac-12 Tournament (T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas)
Arizona not traveling to L.A. is bad for the game of college basketball, seeing as that U of A and UCLA should be playing at least twice a year. It’s the best basketball rivalry in the west, and the Pac-12 is ruining it.
Also, don’t you want Sean Miller back in Pauley after that late timeout in the Pac-12 Tournament last year?
It’s also bad for Arizona’s level of competition. It’s likely that USC and UCLA are the two best teams not named Arizona in the conference next year, so the Wildcats miss out on a couple of road tests.
On the flip side, Washington not traveling to Tucson ruins the Lorenzo Romar narrative, but at least he’ll be traveling to Seattle. Missing out on that grouping at home isn’t such a big deal since the UW/WSU combo is usually the weakest in the Pac-12.
This will also be the third time in the last four years that Arizona opens conference play against ASU. The last time it happened in Tucson, Arizona won 73-49.
You can find the entirety of the Pac-12’s weekly pairings here.