1. Kentucky at Louisville, Dec. 29
Comment: The last time these two bitter in-state rivals met, Kentucky survived a valiant Louisville second-half comeback and eliminated the Cardinals in the Final Four to reach the national title game. Louisville will have the core of its Final Four team back, whereas Kyle Wiltjer is the only Wildcats player who even logged a minute in that game.
2. Kentucky vs. Duke, Nov. 13 (Atlanta)
Comment: Even though Duke and Kentucky have somewhat of a rivalry as a result of their five NCAA tournament matchups, they've only played sporadically in the regular season. This opening week showdown pits the freshman-heavy Wildcats against a Duke team that starts seniors Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly but lacks its usual array of talent.
3. Missouri at Battle 4 Atlantis, Nov. 22-24
Comment: The first barometer for how good the transfer-laden Tigers can be is the toughest preseason tournament of the year. Up first for the Tigers is a Stanford team that returns four starters from last year's NIT championship, followed by perhaps a semifinal tilt with Louisville. Memphis, Duke, VCU and Minnesota loom on the other side of the bracket.
4. Florida at Arizona, Dec. 15
Comment: Arizona played in Gainesville last season without its point guard and with 6-foot-7 forward at center, yet the Wildcats still almost upset the Gators. Florida will have to play far better in Tucson to make it two straight over the Wildcats because Arizona bolsters its frontcourt with a decorated freshman class and adds Xavier transfer Mark Lyons in the backcourt.Read More »from SEC Preview: Ranking the 15 most intriguing non-league games