The Louisville Cardinals are coming off of a national championship, so you would think that they would challenge themselves in the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, they will surprisingly have a weak non-conference schedule.
Louisville will play the Kentucky Wildcats on Dec. 28. That is by far its toughest challenge of the season, which includes AAC play. The Wildcats could be ranked No. 1 in the nation to start the season.
Other than that game, though, there is nothing to get excited about. Louisville might have to play North Carolina, but we will talk about that if it actually happens.
The Cardinals will still be one of the best teams in college hoops, so it seems a bit odd why they are not challenging themselves more. Russ Smith is the most notable player returning, but other talented players will be returning as well. Smith could be the best player in the country. He averaged 18.7 points per game last season.
Louisville will be challenged in AAC play, but it should have no problem in its out-of-conference schedule. Of course, the game against Kentucky will be a different story. Ranked or not, that will always be one of the best matchups in college basketball. However, both teams could be ranked in the top five when they meet this season.
The Cardinals will challenge for yet another national title and they should have a great record thanks to an easy non-conference schedule and for the fact that they will be one of the best teams in the country.