Unlike college football, there’s still no shortage of juicy non-league matchups in basketball. The list of the 25 most intriguing out-of-conference games in November and December:
1. Kentucky at Louisville, Dec. 29: The most passionate rivalry in college basketball. Yes, Duke-North Carolina included. Reached a new level last year when the two met in the Final Four, but this one won’t be far behind if the Wildcats and Cardinals maintain their preseason top-three rankings. Added bonus: The super-accomplished, alpha-male coaches detest each other. No matter what they say.
2. Indiana at Kentucky: … Wait, never mind.
3. Kansas at Ohio State, Dec. 22: Rematch of a remarkable Final Four game, in which the Jayhawks staged a late rally to reach the national title game and hand the Buckeyes a stinging defeat. Both are back in the top 10 heading into this season.