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Sport So what led to Evansville upsetting Kentucky basketball? A look at the numbers

06:20  13 november  2019
06:20  13 november  2019 Source:   courier-journal.com

Kentucky's No. 1 ranking will have others 'trying to take our heads off'

  Kentucky's No. 1 ranking will have others 'trying to take our heads off' LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sophomore Immanuel Quickley drew a big laugh when asked his reaction to Kentucky being voted No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll released on Monday. "Well, we haven't been No. 1 that long," he said. "I think it's been, like, 20 minutes." When the reporters' laughter subsided, Quickley acknowledged that a No. 1 ranking can inspire opponents. For instance, it inspired Kentucky against then No. 1 Michigan State in the season’s opening game.“Definitely,” Quickley said. “Just the atmosphere of that game. We knew it was a big game. … We knew what was on the table.”Teammate Kahlil Whitney said he expected Kentucky to be voted No. 1.

More often than not, seismic upsets in college basketball feature an undersized, out-manned squad going nuts from beyond the arc and catching Goliath When Evansville ’s 34-30 halftime lead turned Into a 48-46 Kentucky advantage at the 11-minute mark of the second half, the common thought was

Kentucky had just been elevated to No. 1 in the nation when it was served a massive home upset .

On Tuesday night, Evansville stunned No. 1 Kentucky 67-64. Walter McCarty came back to Rupp Arena and got a massive W and the Cats didn't look anything like the team that beat previous No. 1 Michigan State exactly a week ago. So what happened?

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - NOVEMBER 12:   John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a mistake by his team in the first half in the game against the Evansville Aces at Rupp Arena on November 12, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)© Getty LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - NOVEMBER 12: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a mistake by his team in the first half in the game against the Evansville Aces at Rupp Arena on November 12, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

We took a look at the numbers to see exactly what contributed to what some are saying is the worst loss for UK in the Calipari era.

At the buzzer: Evansville basketball upsets No. 1 ranked Kentucky

  At the buzzer: Evansville basketball upsets No. 1 ranked Kentucky Evansville upset top-ranked Kentucky on coach Walter McCarty's homecoming.Instead, the Aces shocked the country. he word “Evansville” was the No. 1 trending topic on Twiter during the second half.

Evansville opened up a four-point lead at halftime and led by as many as seven points three separate times in the second half. The Purple Aces led for the final 7:15 of regulation after breaking a 53-53 tie. Kentucky freshman Tyrese Maxey finished with 15 points, three rebounds and two steals in a

Evansville led much of the game and answered each Kentucky rally with clutch baskets to grab the lead and then maintain it for the season’s biggest upset . Kentucky had been 39-0 at home against unranked, nonconference opponents when ranked No 1 in the Associated Press poll.

23.5%

That's the percentage the Cats shot from 3-point range and it's really a disturbing trend for UK to start the season. In 3 games, the Cats have shot 33.3%, 14.3% and 23.5% from deep. And when your opponent only shoots 38.3% from the field, that makes it worse.

11

That's the number of turnovers for the starters for UK, including four for point guard Ashton Hagans. The Cats finished with 13 overall, but if their going to have success down the road, obviously mistakes like this have to stop.

11

This number comes up again because the Aces pulled down that many offensive rebounds, compared to UK's 8. You can't let a team that, at least on paper, you're bigger and better than out-effort you like that.

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Evansville got paid $90K to go into Rupp Arena and beat Kentucky

  Evansville got paid $90K to go into Rupp Arena and beat Kentucky Evansville got paid $90K to go into Rupp Arena and beat KentuckyThat all changed on Tuesday when the Purple Aces stunned No. 1 Kentucky in Rupp Arena to stake a claim for the biggest story of this very early basketball season.

Evansville (2-0) led much of the game and answered each Kentucky rally with clutch baskets to grab the lead and then maintain it for the season's biggest Guys came out and gave their all. They've got a good basketball team. Kentucky 's going to be a really good team, going to be around at the end of it

The Purple Aces led for most of the game. Evansville took a 15-13 lead at the 11:20 mark of the first half after a layup by DeAndre Williams. Evansville led 34-30 at the half, and built a seven-point lead twice in the second half before Kentucky tied it at 46-46 after Tyrese Maxey made a three-pointer at

Read this: Kentucky basketball upset by Evansville in first game as nation's No. 1 team

So the loss was shocking, but exactly how shocking? Well, the numbers below don't paint a pretty picture for UK:

53

Kentucky had won 53 straight games against unranked, nonconference teams. This was the first loss for John Calipari to a non-Power 5 team at Rupp Arena.

8

Evansville was picked to finish eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Aces won just 11 games last season.

4-3

Over the last 20 seasons, the MVC is 4-3 against AP No. 1-ranked teams, the best record by any league in that time span, according to ESPN Stats & Info

64

The number of AP poll voters, out of 65, who ranked Kentucky No. 1 this week after the Wildcats defeated No. 2 Michigan State to open the season. The lone voter who didn’t vote UK No. 1 had Louisville as the top team and the Wildcats ranked fourth.

Evansville stuns No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena, 67-64

  Evansville stuns No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena, 67-64 Evansville showed no fear either of Kentucky or venerable Rupp Arena, where the Wildcats had been perfect at ruining visitors' dreams of pulling off the seemingly impossible. Until Tuesday night. Not only did the Purple Aces deal No. 1 Kentucky a stunning 67-64 upset, they beat the bigger, stronger Wildcats at their own game throughout. When it was over, players, coaches and their fans whooped it up in a corner of the famed court, making sure they savored every bit of a momentous victory.BOX SCORE: EVANSVILLE 67, NO.

Evansville (2-0) led much of the game and answered each Kentucky rally with clutch baskets to grab the lead and then maintain it for the season's biggest Guys came out and gave their all. They've got a good basketball team. Kentucky 's going to be a really good team, going to be around at the end of it

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team played without EJ Montgomery, who sat out the home opener because of an ankle injury. Eastern Kentucky ’s pressing, uptempo style, which Calipari had said would give his team a new challenge, never had an impact. Evansville at No. 2 Kentucky .

4

The number of 3-pointers hit by Kentucky out of 17 attempts.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: So what led to Evansville upsetting Kentucky basketball? A look at the numbers

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Duke climbs to No. 1 in AP poll following Kentucky’s loss .
Duke has moved to No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll following Kentucky’s surprising loss to Evansville. The Blue Devils received 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in the poll released Monday. No. 2 Louisville received eight first-place votes and No. 3 Michigan State, the preseason No. 1, had four. Kansas and North Carolina rounded out the top five, with No. 7 Virginia receiving the final first-place vote.Kentucky moved up to No. 1 last week after knocking off top-ranked Michigan State to open the season. The Wildcats fell flat a day later, losing 67-64 to unranked Evansville in Lexington and dropped to No. 9 in this week’s poll.

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