There are plenty of ugly games on the college basketball schedule during November and December's non-conference action. Just to name one example, your mighty preseason No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers open with the "always-dangerous" Bryant University, returning the nucleus of a 2-28 team.
The teams in this slideshow, however, are the kind of teams made of sterner stuff. They're among the brave souls who are out to take games that can test their limits. Perhaps some go a little beyond their limits, but for them, at least there's a lucrative paycheck waiting.
Within, you'll find a selection of 10 of America's toughest non-conference schedules. Even if they do occasionally put a two-win opponent on the slate, there are certainly harder challenges over the horizon.