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ESPN believes Kentucky has the toughest non-conference schedule

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Jeff Goodman and his team of basketball minds sat down and ranked the toughest non-conference schedules in college basketball next season.

At the top of list?

Kentucky with five marquee games — four of those to be played outside Rupp Arena.

1. Kentucky Wildcats

John Calipari’s team plays Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse, UCLA in Pauley Pavilion, Duke in Chicago, Louisville (at Rupp Arena) and Ohio State in Brooklyn. The home slate isn’t overwhelming, but there shouldn’t be many teams in the 300 range of the RPI, either.

And at the top of ESPN’s Most Disappointing list, the Louisville Cardinals…

1. Louisville Cardinals

Rick Pitino didn’t know what type of team he’d have this season after preparing to watch Montrzel Harrell and Terry Rozier join Wayne Blackshear in leaving. However, this nonconference schedule is a joke. There are two quality games out of 13. The Cards have their annual game against Kentucky (at Rupp) and were matched up against Michigan State in East Lansing in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. There are home games against Grand Canyon, Western Kentucky, North Florida, Hartford, Samford, St. Francis, Eastern Michigan, Kennesaw State, UMKC and Utah Valley — and a neutral-site game in New York against Saint Louis.

So the Cardinals will undoubtedly run the non-conference table with those seven NBA players, right?

Read the entire rankings over on ESPN Insider.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for ESPN believes Kentucky has the toughest non-conference schedule



  1. Leuther
    7:14 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

    It’s only appropriate that we have a tough non-conference schedule since, with a few exceptions, we won’t play top teams in conference…



    • False
      7:23 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

      Is that how loserville justifies their redicoulsy weak non conference schedule?



    • Parvenu
      8:00 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

      Who is this “we” you speak of?



    • Captain Obvious
      10:28 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

      We also play Kansas in February.

      Hey Leuther: Oh and 2, baby!!! LOLOLOL



    • Dude
      11:42 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

      Ha Ha…. It seems that you’ve been outed, Leuther. Back to the Tard Chronicle you go! 🙂



    • ukjaybrat
      8:07 am September 17, 2015 Permalink

      Dude, Leuther was outed a long time ago. he doesn’t even deny it



    • Willie
      11:38 am September 17, 2015 Permalink

      Everybody in the SEC that plays Kentucky will bring their best for that game. So the Cats will still have to fight.



  2. Stevem
    7:22 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

    U of L’s non-conference is worse than a joke it is pathetic. If UK ever played that kind of schedule I’d turn in my season tickets.



  3. Reality
    7:48 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

    Including Kentucky, there are 4 SEC teams ranked…. while UofL is not ranked.



  4. CardFan502
    10:29 pm September 16, 2015 Permalink

    Lets be real here … ya’ll are gonna stomp a mudhole in our ass at Rupp.



    • Puerto Rico
      12:54 am September 17, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, KY shouldn’t struggle with that.



  5. ukjaybrat
    8:06 am September 17, 2015 Permalink

    So aside from the 2 games they are contractually obligated to play, it doesn’t look like they have a team in the RPI-100… except MAYBE WKU