*Billy Minardi Classic (also Florida A&M, South Alabama)
The Battle of the Bluegrass should give the Cardinals their toughest test—even with the Wildcats still adjusting to second-year coach Billy Gillispie—in what is otherwise a soft nonconference itinerary.
Coach Rick Pitino (7th year)
2007--08 record 27--9
Big East record 14--4 (T-2nd)
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
Derrick Caracter and David Padgett are long gone, but Luke Winn says the Cardinals won't miss a beat up front with freshman Samardo Samuels.