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Kentucky Faces One Of The Biggest Upsets In History To Their Own Alumni

Kentucky Upset By Evansville

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’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.

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "That Being Said Podcast w/ George & Sami Jarjour."

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