It’s going to be one helluva early season schedule for the Wildcats in 2013-2014. This team may be young, but it’s not as young as it was in 2012-2013. John Calipari stepped up the competition for the non-coference schedule. Here are the games broken up into three sections: Snoozers, Entertaining, and Blockbusters.
11/08 vs. UNC Asheville
11/10 vs. Northern Kentucky
11/19 vs. Texas Arlington
11/27 vs. Eastern Michigan
12/21 vs. Belmont
Nothing to see here folks. These are four games in which the Wildcats should absolutely coast through. It’s nice that Cal is inviting fellow in-state team NKU to come play in Rupp Arena but it should not be much of a game. And yes, I remember NKU handing West Virginia an early season loss in the not too distant past, but the talent and size that Kentucky is bringing to the table should overwhelm the visiting team.
As for the rest of these guys, there shouldn’t be a game that is close.
11/17 vs. Robert Morris
11/25 vs. Cleveland State
12/01 vs. Providence (at Barclays Center)
12/10 vs. Boise State
Kentucky shouldn’t lose any of these games but there are multiple interesting story-lines.
1. Boise State REALLY wanted to play Kentucky. The AD lobbied the Wildcats hard to get this game and it was granted. The Broncos take the place of Portland as the decent West Coast team on Kentucky’s schedule. They were 21-10 last season and ended up having their bubble burst on Selection Sunday. They did have wins over LSU, Colorado State, San Diego State and UNLV. This is not a easy, breezy home game.
2. Robert Morris. We all know what happened. Good for them. They beat Kentucky and partied the night away. BBN and the Wildcats are pissed. Time for some pay back.
4. It’s always important to see how your team performs on a neutral court and that’s exactly what Cal is looking for with facing Providence in Brooklyn, New York. The Friars don’t have much coming back and the Big East definitely isn’t what it used to be, but a game on a big time stage in a big time building against a Big East team should provide some electricity.
5. The Vikings were only 14-18 last season but they have had success in the NCAA tournament before but these Wildcat players were in middle school while that was going on.