December 01, 2013
The month of December will be a very telling one for UK.
Why? Every opponent will be a competitive team, one capable of testing (and beating) Kentucky. It's not usually that way for every single game in December; this one is. UK faces three teams ranked in the AP Top 25 (Baylor, UNC and Louisville) and two others that are in the 'receiving votes' category (Boise State, Belmont).
The list, with KenPom rankings listed in parentheses:
-- Providence (52)
-- Baylor (37)
-- Boise State (58)
-- North Carolina (11)
-- Belmont (62)
-- Louisville (1)
That's an average ranking of 36.8.
The average ranking of December opponents in previous years in the Calipari Era?
-- 2012: 178.3
-- 2011: 121.6
-- 2010: 137.8
-- 2009: 162.6
The main difference is playing Boise/Baylor in place of the usual cupcake games. Those two are solid teams and can test UK.
All told, by the time the New Year's starts, I think we'll know a lot more about where Kentucky sits in the college basketball pecking order