Kentucky has 9 non-conference games remaining, and as we know all too well, how our opponents are doing can become a huge factor in NCAA seeding come March. Coach Cal has proclaimed a better non-conference schedule, playing teams that can compete in their respective conferences. East Tennessee State and Portland are considered contenders in their leagues. Obviously, all of the opponents in Maui were BCS schools, which is always nice.
So, how have our future opponents been doing? Well, lucky for you I have not only looked up their schedules but given you a couple notable stats for each team:
Boston U (4-3)
Wins: George Washington, Marist, Nevada, Cornell
Losses: at Northeastern, at Villanova, Hampton
Notable Stats: John Holland (19.0 ppg), Team FG% (39.3%)
at North Carolina (3-2)
Wins: Lipscomb, Hofstra, UNC-Asheville
Losses: Minnesota, Vanderbilt
Notable Stats: Harrison Barnes (12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Turnovers (17.0 tpg)
Notre Dame in Louisville (6-0)
Wins: Georgia Southern, Liberty, Chicago St., Maine, Georgia, California
Notable Stats: Avg. Victory (23.7 pg), Hansbrough and Abromitis (32.3 ppg combined)
Wins: Florida Gulf Coast, Wright St., Mississippi Valley St, Evansville, North Carolina Central, Northwestern St.
Notable Stats: Christian Watford (17.5 ppg), Team FG% (49.7%)
Mississippi Valley State (1-5)
Wins: Georgia Southern
Losses: at Georgia, at Indiana, at Saint Mary’s, BYU, Liberty
Notable Stats: Team PPG (54 ppg), Team FG% (33.1%)
Wins: Queens, at Wake Forest
Losses: VCU, Hampton, Belmont
Notable Stats: Robbie Dreher (20.0 ppg), 4 double digit scorers
Coppin State (1-2)
Wins: UM-Baltimore County
Losses: at Oklahoma, at Towson
Notable Stats: Team FG% (38.4%), Turnovers (11.0 tpg)
at Louisville (4-0)
Wins: Butler, Jackson State, Chattanooga, Marshall
Notable Stats: Team PPG (85 ppg), Turnovers (15.0 tpg)
Wins: Davidson, Lafayette
Losses: at Manhattan, Drexel, at Pittsburgh
Notable Stats: Jack Eggleston (16.0 ppg), 3P% (30.9%)
There are 5 locks for wins. Indiana has played ABSOLUTELY NOBODY so far, meaning the game in Rupp should be a wakeup call. North Carolina has come out of the blocks slow, but will still be a challenge in the Dean Dome. Notre Dame has also played a weak schedule, but do have some solid players. Louisville is probably better than we thought, but still don’t have the talent of Kentucky. The other 5 games will not be a challenge.
Point is, Kentucky should expect no less than 7 more non-conference wins in my opinion. Eight is completely reasonable, and nine is not out of the question. Agree or disagree?
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