The Arizona Wildcats and Northern Arizona Lumberjacks have agreed to play in Tucson on Dec. 7, the UA announced Monday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. MST on the Pac-12 Network.
The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 25 but was canceled when the Lumberjacks reported a confirmed COVID-19 case within their program.
Dec. 7 is a Monday and sandwiched between Arizona’s home games vs. Northern Colorado (12 p.m. MST, Dec. 5) and Cal State Bakersfield (5 p.m. MST, Dec. 9).
Any non-conference game the Wildcats can get is a big deal since they are still integrating 10 new players and have a “long, long way to go,” according to head coach Sean Miller.
The Wildcats also saw Sunday’s game vs. UTEP get canceled due to a COVID-19 case in the Miners’ program. They tried to find an opponent to replace them, but didn’t have enough time.
That means Arizona’s next game is its Pac-12 opener vs. Colorado on Wednesday. The Buffaloes currently have three players out for COVID reasons. Starting shooting guard D’Shawn Schwartz tested positive while the two others—Keeshawn Barthelemy and Tristan da Silva—are being held out as part of contract tracing protocol.
However, as of Monday morning CU coach Tad Boyle said there have been no changes to his team’s health, so that game should be played as scheduled assuming nothing changes between now and then:
Tad Boyle says here on Monday morning, there’s no changes to the team’s health with respect to more players being added to the COVID list, if you will, joining D’Shawn Schwartz, Keeshawn Barthelemy and Tristan da Silva.— Justin Guerriero (@GuerrieroCU) November 30, 2020
Fluid situation. Many more tests to take before Arizona.