Last week, Kentucky beat Michigan State in Madison Square Garden to take over the #1 spot in the country from the Spartans. On Monday, they were voted the No. 1 team in the nation in the AP Top 25, and next, they will meet an Evansville team that finished at the bottom of the Missouri Valley Conference last season.
The unranked Evansville Purple Aces provided one of the biggest upsets in recent men's college basketball history Tuesday night, shocking No. 1 Kentucky on their home floor. Evansville didn't shoot particularly well, hitting 23 of 60 shots and nine of 30 from three-point range, but Kentucky was worse, making just 20 of 54 field goal attempts, including four of 17 from long distance.
The latest in a long line of freshman stars for Kentucky, Maxey notched 26 in his college debut earlier this month to lead all scorers and help the then-No. And now that he's in his first year of competition at Evansville after redshirting the 2018-19 season, the redshirt junior from Seattle appears to have found a place that is willing to give him consistent minutes.
"I've done this for 37 years, and things like this happen", Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "You want to grow from it, you want to learn from it", Calipari said.
"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.
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"They are a great team, the toughest team to play us", McCarty told reporters, per ESPN.com. McCarty, who played for Kentucky for three seasons in the mid-90s and won a championship with the team, said after the game that he promised his team a party if they won. A first-round pick by the New York Knicks, McCarty played forward in the National Basketball Association for 10 seasons, mostly with the Boston Celtics, where he reunited with Pitino.
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The Wildcats' troubles began when Evansville went on a 9-0 run to take a 24-16 early in the game. We're gonna surprise some people today.' I told them, 'This is a great day to be a Purple Ace. My guys, I got a good group of guys, I really do.