Arizona basketball to play major Big Ten opponent in Las Vegas in December
Two of the all-time winningest programs in college basketball history will meet on the hardwood for the first time this December.
It was announced on Tuesday that Arizona will take on the Indiana Hoosiers at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas as part of the Las Vegas Clash on Dec. 10. The game is slated to tip at 4:30 p.m. PT on FOX. According to a release from the UA, the contest will mark the first time a regular-season college basketball game has been aired in prime time on the East Coast on a broadcast network.
“Playing a high-level opponent like Indiana in Las Vegas will be a great opportunity for us and our fans,” said Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd in a statement. “It will be a strong test against one of the preseason favorites from the Big Ten in an outstanding atmosphere. It’s one of those games that will have a special feeling around it and we are looking forward to it.”
Under the 𝙗𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨 in Las Vegas!
— Arizona Basketball (@ArizonaMBB) August 23, 2022
The Hoosiers went 21-14 last season in what was coach Mike Woodson’s first year at the helm. They went 9-11 against Big Ten opponents and earned a 12-seed in the NCAA Tournament. IU will feature All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, who tested the NBA waters before announcing his return to the Hoosiers. The third-team All-American will be the third-leading returning scorer in college basketball next season after averaging 16.9 points per game last season.
Arizona will be looking to replace three key contributors who were taken among the first 33 picks of the 2022 NBA Draft, but Lloyd has reloaded well. The Wildcats have welcomed a pair of potential impact transfers in guard Courtney Ramey (Texas) and wing Cedric Henderson Jr. (Campbell). Arizona also gets 5-star guard Kylan Boswell on campus early after he reclassified from the 2023 class to join the program ahead of the new season.
Tickets for the doubleheader (Washington State plays UNLV at 1:30 p.m. PT the same day) go on public sale on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. PT here. Tickets start at $49 (prices are inclusive of tax and facility fee) and are good for both games. Complete event information can be found here.