After winning their opening night over another Top 4 opponent, and then gaining a number one overall ranking, this could be worse case scenario for the Kentucky Wildcats. A loss to Evansville, a team that most of America didn’t even know existed.
Evansville is the 4th D-I men's program to have its 1st-ever road win over an AP-ranked opponent come vs No. 1.
1954-55 Georgia beat No. 1 Kentucky for its 1st-ever road win over a ranked team. 1980-81: Old Dominion over No. 1 DePaul. 1981-82: Nebraska over No. 1 Missouri. pic.twitter.com/eFC9CuzWVl
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Evansville’s shocking win over blue-blood Kentucky on Tuesday night tied for the third biggest college basketball upset in the past 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll and No. 1 in the Associated Press poll, were 25-point favorites before the Purple Aces shocked the college basketball world in Lexington. Evansville was picked to finish eighth of 10 teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, while Kentucky had just knocked off preseason No. 1 Michigan State in its season-opener last week.
“I don’t know if anything matches this, other than winning a national championship,” Evansville coach Walter McCarty, who won a national title with Kentucky as a player, told reporters in his postgame news conference. I think it’s even better than it comes from a former Alumni…
Uniquely, Kentucky’s loss to fellow mid-major Gardner-Webb in 2007 is the biggest upset in the last 15 years, per ESPN.
?DOWN GOES NO.1 KENTUCKY?
Evansville beats the Wildcats 65-64 despite being 25-point underdogs? pic.twitter.com/gj1ksQEj1z
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Evansville really best No. 1 Kentucky.. ON THE ROAD pic.twitter.com/NFlpkiZ6Ac
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Kentucky basketball in the locker room after losing to Evansville @SONTHighlights
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