- Ready or not, the UA will begin basketball practice on Sept. 27, a Friday. That’s more than two weeks earlier than the traditional college hoops start date. And yet two opponents are still to be named. UA will play host to a pair of preseason NIT games on back-to-back days, Nov. 18-19, both starting at 9 p.m. for ESPNU. The NIT committee has only made public Duke’s foes for the Nov. 18-19 games: The Blue Devils will be at home against UNC-Asheville and either Norfolk State or East Carolina. If the committee gives Arizona a similarly easy track to the semifinals, the night before Thanksgiving at Madison Square Garden, it will send teams such as Southern Utah and UC Riverside to McKale Center.
- Inspired by TV, for the first time since it joined the Pac-10 in 1978, Arizona will play four conference games on Wednesday this season: at Stanford, at Oregon State, at Utah and at home against Cal.
- Former Arizona All-Pac-10 center Channing Frye is hopeful that Phoenix Suns medical specialists will approve him to return for the 2013-14 NBA season this week. He missed last season with an enlarged heart. Frye told reporters last week that specialists in Baltimore cleared him to play, but the Suns, who owe him $6.4 million this season and $6.8 million next year, have not made an announcement. Frye turned 30 in May.
- Four-time UA all-conference guard Davellyn Whyte will miss the rest of the WNBA season with a partially torn Achilles in her left foot. Whyte averaged 4.5 points and 15 minutes a game for San Antonio.
- Monday will be a big day for Tucson High athletic director Jerry Gastellum. He will be inducted into the Arizona Interscholastic Association Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Prescott. Gastellum, a former Pac-12 football referee and long-time AD at Cholla, will be just the sixth AD from Tucson inducted into the AIA Hall of Fame, following Santa Rita’s Pat Hale and Joni Pabst, Flowing Wells’ Ted Sorich and Howard Dean and Tucson’s Seraphina Grace.
Hoops almost here, but two UA foes still TBA
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