No. 5: vs. Louisville (January 21st)
The Louisville Cardinals are 11-1, with their only loss coming in a close game against No. 6 Baylor. If you watch college basketball, you will know that they played in a pretty big game on Wednesday night, too.
The Cardinals faced off with the fifth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, in what is one of the ugliest rivalries in the country. Louisville won the game 73-70, earning them bragging rights for a year in the Bluegrass State.
KenPom ranks Louisville as the best defensive team in the country. (The school right behind them at number two is also coming up on our countdown.) And though their offense is inconsistent, ranking 35th overall without a single player averaging at least 12 points, their defense is good enough to get them to the Final Four.
Also making this game extremely difficult is the fact that it comes at the end of the “five ranked teams in seven games” stretch. So FSU basketball, fresh off of hosting Duke, travelling to UNC, and facing Notre Dame, get to come home and play against the toughest defense in college basketball. Fun.