Wildcats going through the motions

23 November 2017 22:51:29 GMTPlus10

The Kentucky Wildcats continue their generally lacklustre non-conference schedule when they entertain the Flames of UIC this weekend at the Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Kentucky did match up against the Kansas Jayhawks, losing 65-61, but have otherwise faced an unimaginative schedule against Utah Valley, Vermont, East Tennessee State, Troy and IPFW.

That, and the loss to Kansas, has seen the Wildcats slide down to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

UCLA and Louisville are on the slate for December, but the lack of solid opponents overall is disappointing and stands in stark contrast to the usually more aggressive scheduling that is made by the likes of Kansas and Michigan State.

Alas even the Jayhawks and the Spartans seem to have turned overly conservative this season in a disappointing development.

One place ahead of Kentucky in the AP Poll the Florida Gators eased to victories over Gardner-Webb, North Florida and New Hampshire.

Florida is in Portland this week, along with a number of top teams, for the Phil Knight Invitational and will face Stanford in their opening game.

There's a potential match up with top ranked Duke in the finale in what would be a useful test for Florida in the early going.

Stanford has not started well losing two of its first five outings to Eastern Washington and North Carolina.

The loss to the Tar Heels was expected, but the Eagles of Eastern Washington never trailed after a 13-13 tie in the first half at the Maples Pavilion.

Nor did the visitors shoot particularly well, hitting on just 38.6% of their shots from the field.

The Wildcats are 3001.00 to win the NCAAB Championship this season, Duke meanwhile are 3001.00 with Kansas at 4.50.

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