The Sonoma State men’s basketball team will visit the University of Arizona in an exhibition game on Nov. 12, marking the third time the programs have met in an exhibition game in Tucson since 2004.
The Seawolves, who will be paid $25,000 for making the trip, lost to the Wildcats 102-63 in 2005 and 105-80 in 2004. The meeting will mark Arizona coach Lute Olson’s second game back on the sidelines following a leave of absence last year. The Wildcats will play an exhibition against Incarnate Word on Nov. 6.
SSU coach Pat Fuscadlo and Olson struck up a friendship nearly a decade ago when Fuscaldo called Olson to promote a friend and fellow coach, Stanford assistant Rodney Tention, for a job.
“It will just be an honor for my guys and me to step out on the court with him,” Fuscaldo said.
Arizona went 19-15 last year and lost to West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are headlined by 6-7 junior forward Chase Budinger, who averaged 17.1 points last year and was an Associated Press honorable-mention All-American.
SSU will also play a Division I opponent in the regular season when it visits Nevada on Dec. 9. The Seawolves will be paid $5,000 and lodging expenses. The Wolf Pack went 21-12 last year and earned a share of their fifth consecutive WAC regular-season title.
SSU will open the season by hosting the four-team Ron Logsdon Tournament Nov. 21-22. The Seawolves will open against Northwest Nazarene and will also play Menlo-Atherton.