When the Arizona Wildcats released their nonconference schedule for the 2018-19 season it wasn’t particularly impressive, with only six of 13 contests against power-league opponents and just one of those set for McKale Center.
That’s still the case, but after a slight change the overall quality of the slate has improved. Emphasis on ‘slight.’
SCHEDULE CHANGE: We will now face Georgia Southern in McKale Center on Thursday, Nov. 29. This will replace our Wednesday, Nov. 28 game vs. Texas Southern. pic.twitter.com/UIqf8JzL9s— Arizona Basketball (@APlayersProgram) August 28, 2018
Georgia Southern went 21-12 last season, posting an 11-7 record in the Sun Belt Conference for third place. The Eagles are set to return three starters including leading scorer Tookie Brown, a 5-foot-11 guard who averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists as a junior.
The Eagles were ranked No. 143 in the final RPI, 69 spots higher than Texas Southern, meaning they should provide a bit of a boost to Arizona’s overall schedule strength this season. How much, though, remains to be seen since the NCAA has scrapped RPI in favor of a new metric known as NET.