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Kentucky releases their non-conference schedule; it’s strong

May 1, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

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If Kentucky is going to go 40-0 next season, they certainly are going to have their work cut out for them, as John Calipari put together a strong non-conference schedule.

After playing a pair of guarantee games to kick off the season, Kentucky heads to Chicago to take on Michigan State in the Champions Classic. They’ll return home to play four games in the Keightley Classic — including a rematch with Robert Morris, who beat Kentucky in Pittsburgh in the first round of the NIT last season — before their schedule ramps up in December.

The Wildcats have a date with Providence at the Barclays Center and will travel to Arlington, TX, to take on Baylor at Cowboys Stadium. After that, Coach Cal sandwiched a trip to Chapel Hill to take on UNC between home dates with Boise State and Belmont.

Kentucky will end their non-conference schedule by hosting Louisville on December 28th.

Put it all together, and the Wildcats will play the other two top three teams in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25 while playing the No. 10 team on the road and hosting a Boise State team that we have just outside the top 25. Even some of their buy games come against very good mid-major programs — Belmont, Robert Morris, Cleveland State.

Kentucky may end up being challenged more in the non-conference that they are during SEC play.

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  1. arlingtonsynn - May 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Not a UK fan by any means, but good for them.

    I think adversity is a good thing if you intend on running a one-and-down focused team each year.

  2. cranespy - May 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    But we can’t give the fans UK Indiana….

  3. cranespy - May 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    NCAA Title #2 depends on ONE THING…..Andrew Wiggins…….get him and BBN runs the table 40-0 and challenges for mantle of GOAT…..don’t get him and UK loses as many as 6 and advances to Elite 8 at best.

  4. ndnphx - May 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Gutless won’t play Indiana in a home and home, which is all you need to know about this tripe.

    Robert Morris?!?! Pul-lease….

  5. wildcatvikingsguy - May 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Not sure how you can look at this schedule and say they are “gutless” because they don’t want to play an Indiana team that will be lucky to make it to the sweet 16 next year. Do they make round of 32 rings there as well?

  6. whitdog23 - May 2, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    I think you mean “than” they are during SEC play… come on Twitter boy

  7. jpopejoy - May 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    It is gutless and cowardly of calipari to cancel one of the best rivalries of all time. I’m yet to hear a single UK fan actually defend that decision.

    • ukcatsfan - May 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Gutless? Seriously? I guess that means Crean is gutless also, since he wasn’t willing to play UK in a nuetral site game……scared to try to play away from bloomington are they? I will defend that decision………Cal was trying to make the rivalry bigger and better by playing in places like Lucas Oil stadium, but Crean wasn’t man enough to do it. Cal promotes the program and builds on legacy while Crean attempts to make sweet sixteens and regular season championships a big deal!! There is a ring for every occasion in Indiana where as in Kentucky we only give out rings for National Championships!

  8. imforbigblue - May 2, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I wish UK would play IU because your great white hope left for the NBA now you go back to being a nobody and UK with what we have coming in would run over you

  9. imforbigblue - May 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    as for the moron who said UK will lose six or more games next year is just a hater or stupid and I’m guessing both

  10. jpopejoy - May 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    That person also said they’ll go 40-0. Which is equally ridiculous

  11. jthammerstix - May 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    A+ talent. C- Coach.

  12. jthammerstix - May 5, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    A+ talent. C- Coach.

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