Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari looks stressed in this picture. And as well he should be, considering this was taken during the national championship game in April.
When the Wildcats enter the meat of a back-loaded nonconference schedule this December, a few more occasional grimaces are likely. UK rarely has an issue taking on all comers—true road games are another story, but that's the case with many elite programs—and this season's slate serves as proof.
Calipari will match wits with fellow coaching heavyweights Bill Self and Roy Williams, along with fast-improving recruiters like Ed Cooley and Steve Alford. Whichever category you'd place Rick Barnes in is up for debate, but Texas will be one of the few teams in America with the size to bang with Kentucky.
Read on for a full analysis of the Cats' schedule, broken down into three self-explanatory categories.
A "Don't Miss" game is one that should be witnessed for any reason other than the impending birth of a child—and even then, consider pleading a weak stomach and posting up in front of the nearest thing with a screen. If you're the mother-to-be, good luck getting a TV brought into the delivery room.
The "Don't Sleep" game is one that seems like a waste of time on paper but has a few compelling reasons to watch—sort of like that show with the Kardashians.
Finally, the "Don't Bother" games are perfect occasions to check things off the honey-do list and make up for that whole bailing-on-childbirth thing, you insensitive cad.