Who Has the Tougher Non-Conference Schedule, Kentucky Wildcats or Florida Gators?

By Trevor Lowry
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The Kentucky Wildcats and Florida Gators should enter the 2013-14 college basketball season by being ranked in the top 10, so it is only right for both of them to have brutal non-conference schedules. However, whose out-of-conference schedule is tougher?

Michigan State. North Carolina. Louisville. Baylor. Providence. Boise State. Those are the toughest games on Kentucky’s non-conference schedule.

As for Florida, it will play Wisconsin, Connecticut, Kansas, Memphis, Florida State, Middle Tennessee and Richmond (among others of course).

Both schedules are brutal to say the least and it is not easy to justify who has the tougher one. However, we have to pick one. So, the Wildcats have the tougher non-conference schedule. Michigan State and Louisville are both good enough to be ranked No. 1 overall to start off the season. Both can’t be ranked No. 1, but both will likely be ranked in the top five. Not too shabby.

What more do we need to say about the Tar Heels? They return a bunch of talent and should be back to their normal selves in the upcoming season, and by normal I mean they will compete for an ACC title and a national championship.

The Gators’ non-conference schedule is not easy, though, and it is still one of the toughest ones in the nation. Both will be challenged to the limit before SEC play begins. As a result, both should be at their best when they play each other this season.

Whether the case, both teams will have to earn their rankings in the upcoming season and we may have a good idea on which team will win the SEC based off of how Kentucky and Florida do in their non-conference schedules.

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