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

06:31  13 november  2019
06:31  13 november  2019 Source:   ap.org

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 (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 upset. Kentucky had been 39-0 at home against unranked, nonconference opponents when ranked No . 1 in The Associated Press poll.

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 upset. Kentucky had been 39-0 at home against unranked, nonconference opponents when ranked No . 1 in The Associated Press poll.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — 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.

Evansville's DeAndre Williams, top left, and Jawaun Newton (3) celebrate after the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Evansville won 67-64. (AP Photo/James Crisp)© Provided by The Associated Press Evansville's DeAndre Williams, top left, and Jawaun Newton (3) celebrate after the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Evansville won 67-64. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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.

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 Stuns No . 1 Kentucky At Rupp As No . 1 Team Loses For Second Time In November Forbes02:31. How ex-Cat Walter McCarty, Evansville took down No . 1 Kentucky Lexington Herald-Leader Evansville stuns No . 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena , 67 - 64 The Modesto Bee, California02:31.

Unfancied Purple Aces stun nation’s No 1 team at Rupp Arena . UK become first No 1 to lose at home in November since 1996. Sam Cunliffe scored 17 points, including two free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining, and Evansville stunned No 1 Kentucky 67 - 64 on Tuesday night.

BOX SCORE: EVANSVILLE 67, NO. 1 KENTUCKY 64

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"To be here is a dream come true," Evansville sophomore forward DeAndre Williams said. "We took advantage and we made history."

Sam Cunliffe scored 17 points, including two free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining to silence Kentucky (2-1) and a crowd of 19,101 — most of whom had expected a routine nonconference win from the Wildcats, who were 25-point favorites and had earned the top ranking a day earlier.

Those expectations never materialized as Evansville (2-0) controlled the younger Wildcats on both ends of the floor.

K.J. Riley added 18 points as the Purple Aces — coached by Walter McCarty, who won a national title with Kentucky in 1996 — pulled off the biggest upset in program history with their first win over a No. 1 team in three tries.

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

  So what led to Evansville upsetting Kentucky basketball? A look at the numbers What contributed to the Cats embarrassing loss to the Purple Aces? We took a look at the stats.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.

The Evansville Purple Aces stunned top-ranked Kentucky 67 - 64 Tuesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Purple Aces guard K.J. Riley led all Kentucky had won 52 straight home games against non-conference, unranked teams until Evansville spoiled the fun. As No . 1 , Kentucky was a perfect

The Aces got 18 points from senior guard K.J. Riley and 17 from Arizona State/Kansas transfer Sam Cunliffe as they stunned No . 1 Kentucky , 67 - 64 inside Rupp Arena . When Evansville ’s 34-30 halftime lead turned Into a 48-46 Kentucky advantage at the 11-minute mark of the second half, the

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. Evansville, meanwhile, got its first-ever road win over an AP-ranked team.

"Walter and their team deserved to win," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "If we would have somehow pulled it out, it would have been, kind of wouldn't even have been fair because they fought us the whole game and they were the tougher team.

"They executed, they made shots and 3s and free throws. My hat's off to them. It's hard to do that in this building, but they were more ready to play. He had his team better prepared than I had my team."

Tyrese Maxey's layup with 8 seconds remaining got Kentucky within 65-64, but with his teammates locking arms on the bench, Cunliffe stepped to the line and calmly made both ends of the 1-and-1 to seal the victory. The Purple Aces raised their hands and ran around a silent Rupp Arena after the final horn as the Wildcats slowly walked off.

Shocking loss to Evansville leaves Kentucky asking familiar questions about toughness

  Shocking loss to Evansville leaves Kentucky asking familiar questions about toughness Kentucky coach John Calipari wondered before the season if his team was physical enough. A shocking loss to Evansville adds to those doubts.In his four years as a Kentucky player, McCarty totaled a 54-2 record in the building. As a head coach, he is now 1-0 after leading Evansville to a shocking upset of No. 1 Kentucky, 67-64, as a 25-point underdog Tuesday.

A week after top-ranked Michigan State went down, No . 1 Kentucky fell Tuesday night in a 67 - 64 stunner to unranked Evansville at Rupp Arena . It is the first time an AP No . 1 Kentucky team has ever lost a home game to an unranked non-conference opponent (the Wildcats had been 39-0).

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

Cunliffe did most of his damage with 15 first-half points off the bench.

Evansville won just 11 games last season, its first under McCarty, who played in the NBA for 10 years and was an assistant at Louisville under Rick Pitino and in the NBA before returning to his hometown to coach the Purple Aces.

Evansville made nine of 30 3-point attempts while shooting 38% from the field to Kentucky's 37%. The Aces also outrebounded the Wildcats 38-35 and were edged by just 30-28 in points in the paint.

"We started off saying, OK, we're going to punch them in the mouth and not let them punch us in the mouth first," Williams said. "Once we started getting stops, they started turning the ball over, things like that. We saw that and we took advantage."

BIG PICTURE

Evansville: The Purple Aces stuck to their game plan, shooting from deep and outrunning the Wildcats. They trailed just once in the second half and dictated the tempo most of the night.

"We just believed and trusted each other and made plays for each other. 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," McCarty said. "We played a heck of a game tonight."

No. 1 losing to unranked team not as rare as you might think

  No. 1 losing to unranked team not as rare as you might think After unranked Evansville beat No. 1 Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Tuesday, Sam Cunliffe said what he and his teammates accomplished was "amazing."But it wasn’t unprecedented.

No . 1 Kentucky stunned by Evansville (1:25). Kentucky became the second college basketball No . 1 to lose in a week, falling in shocking fashion to an unranked Evansville at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night.

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Kentucky: Missed shots and turnovers forced the Wildcats to play from behind. Even after they managed to tie and take a brief lead, they were beaten to loose balls and could never get over the hump.

"They played with energy for 40 minutes," Kentucky forward Nate Sestina said. "They had guys who wanted to win and wanted to play hard for 40 minutes. If a guy got tired, they were able to sub somebody else in."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A week earlier, it was then-No. 2 Kentucky knocking off the top-ranked team, outlasting Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in the season opener for both squads. It's the first time in AP poll history that two No. 1 teams have lost in November, and the Wildcats' stay at the top of the poll will end next week.

UP NEXT

Evansville hosts IU Kokomo on Thursday.

Kentucky hosts Utah Valley on Monday.

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Empty seats in Rupp Arena are sending a message. Does it matter to anyone? .
It took exactly three games in the downsized Rupp Arena to answer a pressing Kentucky Wildcats basketball question.No, it turns out, removing 3,000 from the total Rupp seating capacity has not led to a return of the golden days when the Wildcats played in front of precious few empty seats in their home venue.

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