Kentucky Basketball Schedule Looks Strong for 2010-2011 Season

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20:  Head coach John Calipari  of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with his team during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Kentucky men’s basketball schedule has been released and it has some challenges on it.  Kentucky has been criticized in past years for having a weak schedule compared to the elite programs in the country.  This year there will be some tests.  Kentucky has a young squad which could hurt them during some of their more difficult road games.  Here is a look at the Wildcats schedule in 2010-2011:

The Toughest Challenge: Feb. 5 @ Florida

The Gators have been chosen by Andy Katz from ESPN to be the team to challenge the Wildcats in the SEC East.  With the Gators' addition of freshman power forward Patric Young, he could be right.  Kenny Boynton is a star in the making at point guard and did I mention College Gameday will be there? Billy Donovan has been successful vs. the ‘Cats but John Calipari had his way with the Gators last season.  The freshmen class will be dealt a tough hand when they make their first trip to Gainesville.

Most Exciting Game To Watch: Dec. 4 @ UNC

After the Tar Heels were served a devastating beating last season they seemed to fall off the face of the earth.  Roy Williams had a young team and after a year of experience they should be much improved.  Other than Ed Davis (who will be a big loss) they will not suffer much of a loss off of last year's team.  The game is in Chapel Hill this season and don’t be surprised if the Tar Heels come out all fired up.  Brandon Knight and the young Wildcat team will be tested early in this matchup.

The One That Could Get Away: Feb. 8 vs. Tennessee

Tennessee always seems to find a way to get after that ‘Cats.  Last season they beat the Wildcats in Knoxville and with Scotty Hopson back in Tennessee orange it could be a tough game at home for the ‘Cats.  Bruce Pearl does a great job with his teams and always has them competing at the highest level.  It will be a hard fought game in Lexington and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wildcats let this game slip away.