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Best, worst nonconference schedules

Kevin Ollie and Billy Donovan have their teams facing challenging out of conference competition. Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports

A year ago, Kansas was the undisputed King of the nonconference slate -- at least when it came to any contending team. The Jayhawks have once again put together another challenging nonleague schedule, but it’s not nearly what it was a year ago.

The directive came from outgoing SEC commissioner Mike Slive for his programs to play people prior to SEC play, and two heeded his advice.

Remember, it’s not just who you play, but also where you play them. A road win against a top-25 team is every bit as meaningful as a home victory over a top-5 team.

I went through every single nonconference schedule, basically looking for any team of note and came up with the best and worst. I’ll also give out some hardware, including the All-Cupcake Award.


Top nonleague slates

1. Florida Gators

Billy Donovan and the Gators did a nice job putting together the most difficult schedule among the top 50 teams.