For a team facing the championship-level expectations that Kentucky basketball routinely does, the most dangerous games aren’t always against the most impressive opponents. Sometimes, a meeting with a less recognizable foe becomes an even bigger challenge if the favored Wildcats get caught looking ahead to the next game.
One potentially dangerous matchup arrives for Kentucky on Sunday, when they take on the Providence Friars at the Barclays Center. The Big East also-rans don’t have the cachet of No. 18 Baylor—whom UK is set to face five days later at Cowboys Stadium—but Bryce Cotton and company are talented enough to trip up the ‘Cats if overconfidence sets in.
Read on for more on the threat posed by Providence, along with four more teams that might turn out to have landed on the Wildcats’ schedule at just the wrong moment.