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Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - 2014 Non-Conference Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky releases strong non-conference schedule. Bat Cats face #14 Arkansas this weekend, softball faces #7 Alabama. More.

Kentucky and North Carolina will be facing off again in 2013.
Kentucky and North Carolina will be facing off again in 2013.
Chris Trotman

Kentucky’s non-conference schedule is a very good one this year, and most pundits consider it "stacked" or "tough." I do, as well. There are potentially as many as five top 25 teams on that slate.

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Wow! More on this soon.

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
  • Fant Interview: Looks like he might get some offers after he camps (Hank). Kentucky Blue Sports News

  • So, our crappy basketball season and other stuff is a result of a curse? #2 Choir team? (Hank)

    From what meth-addled Cardinal brain did this nonsense emerge? (Glenn) The Stoops Curse

  • Ashley Lowery interview with Larry Vaught. (Hank) Danville Advocate-Messenger

  • Vaught interviews Chuck Smith’s son at South Warren regarding Adrian Middleton who has picked up a UK offer. (Hank) VVaughtsViews

  • 2014 cornerback Von Davis is shocked by UK offer. Is that a good thing? VaughtsViews

Kentucky basketball
  • Two elite teams? I count three – North Carolina, Michigan St. and Louisville. Not to mention Baylor, which, while not elite, is in most people’s top 25 next year. CBS

  • Boise State is going to be tough next year, and may wind up in many top 25’s as well. Idaho Press

  • Unlike Jeff Goodman, Jeff Eisenberg has a clue about the teams on Kentucky’s schedule next season:

    With three marquee games instead of two and a home slate that features much stronger mid-major foes, it’s clear Calipari sought to build a schedule that will boost Kentucky’s RPI this season. The Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament last season partially because a modest non-conference schedule and a woeful SEC gave them many more chances for bad losses than quality wins.

  • Emmanuael Mudiay is a Calipari-type point guard. I’d really like to get him, and I think we have to be considered a favorite. Courier-Journal

  • For Florida St. to get Wiggins would be huge for them, but it wouldn’t turn them into a contender. Rant Sports

  • Kentucky stacks nonconference slate ESPN

Other UK sports
  • Bat Cats have a big series against Arkansas this weekend at home. They really need to win this series at least.

  • Softball takes on the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend

College football
  • I haven’t linked the Curious Index for a while. This is a good one. EDSBS

  • What a memory Peyton Manning has! Yahoo!

College basketball
  • Just shut up, NCAA. Seriously. We don’t want to hear this pap. ESPN

  • Could Greg McDermott be forced to walk on at Creighton next year? That’s just… bizarre. Can you imagine having a walk-on as a Player of the Year candidate? Play for the Garden

  • You just knew there had to be towel-chewing.NBC

Other sports news
  • Rick Pitino has a horse in the Kentucky Derby Saturday. Good for him, and good luck to him, but my question is, will he be getting another tattoo if his horse wins? USA Today

  • Anthony Davis second in Rookie of the Year voting. KSR

Other news
  • A guy goes for a year without the Internet, and finds that the Internet wasn’t stealing his soul, after all. The Verge

  • And you thought that condensation on your cold beer mug wasn’t a problem. Wrong! Slashdot