Arizona coach Sean Miller doesn’t really like Midnight Madness events because there is no real basketball being played.
He prefers making a big deal of the Red-Blue scrimmage, which comes about a week after the beginning of practice and will allow him and his coaches to better evaluate the progress of his team.
It can be a really big celebration, too.
And, as Miller says, it all takes place “at a sane time.”
A filled arena should be a fine introduction to McKale for the team’s four freshmen.
“It’s the first time we get those young guys out there and get those first-game bugs out,” said senior Kyle Fogg.
Here is the press release from UA about the sell-out:
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tickets are sold out for Arizona’s Red-Blue Game, the intrasquad scrimmage scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. PDT.
The sellout comes following a 30-8 season for head coach Sean Miller that included a conference championship and a run to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
In addition to the game itself, former Wildcat standouts Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger will be inducted into the McKale Center Ring of Honor. Other former Arizona basketball alumni scheduled to be in attendance include Joseph Blair. Channing Frye, Andre Iguodala and Richard Jefferson and Corey Williams.
Parking is free in the Cherry Avenue garage, surrounding surface lots and all non-reserved, non-handicapped spaces on campus.