A closer look at Wildcats' nonconference opponents

2013-05-24T16:08:00Z 2013-05-24T16:44:58Z A closer look at Wildcats' nonconference opponentsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 24, 2013 4:08 pm  • 

Even by getting to play Miami and San Diego State in last season's Diamond Head Classic, Arizona's nonconference schedule was rated only the 61st toughest last season by Kenpom.

But even if the Wildcats don't get a chance to face Duke in the NIT Tip Off their nonconference strength of schedule should be stronger next season. The UA opponents who are known so far had a collective RPI of 117 last season and many of them have three or more starters returning.

Here's a look at all the nine known teams as of now (the first two NIT opponents have not yet been announced):

(home games in CAPS)

Nov. 8 CAL POLY

RPI: 162

Conference: Big West

Record: 18-14 (12-6/3rd)

Postseason: None

Starters back: 3

 

Nov. 11 LONG BEACH STATE

RPI: 119

Conference: Big West

Record: 19-14 (14-4/1st)

Postseason: Lost first round NIT

Starters back: 2 

 

Nov. 14 at San Diego State

RPI: 35

Conference: Mountain West

Record: 23-11 (9-7/T4)

Postseason: Lost NCAA second game

Starters back: 2 (lost Jamaal Franklin early to NBA)

 

Dec. 3 TEXAS TECH

RPI: 214

Conference: Big 12

Record: 11-19 (3-15/9th) 

Postseason: None 

Starters back: 5

 

Dec. 7 UNLV

RPI: 29

Conference: Mountain West

Record: 25-10 (10-6/3rd)

Postseason: Lost NCAA first game

Starters back: 2 plus Khem Birch (lost Anthony Bennett early to NBA)

 

Dec. 11 NEW MEXICO STATE

RPI: 56

Conference: WAC

Record: 24-11 (14-4/3rd)

Postseason: Lost NCAA first game

Starters back: 3

 

Dec. 14 at Michigan

RPI: 11

Conference: Big Ten

Record: 31-8 (12-6/T4)

Postseason: Lost NCAA championship game

Starters back: 3 plus Mitch McGary (lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. early to NBA) 

 

Dec. 19 SOUTHERN

RPI: 172

Conference: Southwestern Athletic 

Record: 23-9 (14-3/T2)

Postseason: Lost NCAA first game

Starters back: 2

 

Dec. 23 NAU

RPI: 256

Conference: Big Sky

Record: 11-21 (8-12/T6)

Postseason: None

Starters back: 3

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More UA schedule notes are on the previous blog thread. The Pac-12 portion of the schedule has not yet been announced.

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