Kentucky Basketball: 5 Games You Must Watch in 2014-15

UK Basketball: What Not to Miss in 2014-15

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If you are a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, you already know that every game featuring the Big Blue is must-see TV. That said, there are five matchups coming in 2014-15 that Wildcats fans and fans of college basketball in general should not miss under any circumstances. UK has another great recruiting class and some returning talent that make it one of the top teams entering the year.

5. Texas Longhorns (home)

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5. Texas Longhorns (home)

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The matchup on Dec. 5 at Rupp Arena in Lexington is an interesting one mainly due to the fact that Kentucky and Texas haven't met since Dec. 1993, when the Wildcats rolled the Longhorns at Rupp, 86-61. It's surprising these two teams haven't met in the NCAA tournament at some point. Both teams have strong freshman classes and this will be an excellent pre-conference matchup.

4. Florida Gators

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4. Florida Gators

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There is no better basketball rivalry in the SEC than Kentucky vs. Florida. The Gators got the better of the Wildcats three times last season, including 61-60 in the SEC Tournament final. The Wildcats had won six of seven meetings prior to last season and will be looking to restore order when the teams meet in 2014-15. Dates and times have yet to be announced by the SEC or schools.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels (home)

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3. North Carolina Tar Heels (home)

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The annual December matchup between Kentucky and North Carolina has become a much-anticipated staple early in each college basketball season. The 2014-15 campaign will be no different. The date hasn't been announced, but the Tar Heels come to Lexington in what should be a great guard matchup, with UNC's Marcus Paige dueling Kentucky's Harrison twins.

2. Kansas Jayhawks (Champions Classic - Indianapolis)

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2. Kansas Jayhawks (Champions Classic - Indianapolis)

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Two of the true blue bloods in college basketball meet on a neutral court in Indianapolis, also the host city for the 2015 Final Four. It's not a stretch to suggest this could be a preview of a game we'll see in April across the way at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kansas always brings in a top recruiting class. The teams haven't met since the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks to win the 2012 national championship, led by Anthony Davis.

1. Louisville Cardinals (away)

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1. Louisville Cardinals (away)

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For all these great games described above, the only one really circled on the calendars of Kentucky fans everywhere comes Dec. 27, when the Wildcats head a bit northwest on Interstate 64 to take on the Louisville Cardinals. UK has won six of the last seven in the country's most heated rivalry, including a pair of NCAA tournament victories. Louisville will enter this game representing the ACC for the first time.

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