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Arizona tweaks 2018-19 nonconference basketball schedule

Georgia Southern replaces Texas Southern on pre-Pac 12 slate

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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.’

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.