Kentucky Basketball on Wrong Side of History in Upset Home Loss to Evansville and Walter McCarty

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - NOVEMBER 12:   Tyrese Maxey #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks off of the court after the 67-64 loss to the Evansville Aces at Rupp Arena on November 12, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 2019-20 college basketball season wasted no time in providing some early season drama with one of the biggest upsets in recent history taking place at Rupp Arena last night.

The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, who were 25-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, lost to the Evansville Purple Aces, 67-64, marking the first time in the program's history that a No. 1 Wildcats team fell to an unranked non-conference opponent at home. Kentucky had been 39-0 in such contests prior to the upset.

Of course, there's still plenty of time left in the season for Kentucky to turn it around, as the Wildcats came into the season as the favorites to win the SEC and one of the top options to win the national championship. However, there were plenty of doubters entering the year, and last night did little to help matters.

Evansville Basketball Coach

The team that beat Kentucky is of note as well since the Evansville head basketball coach is Walter McCarty, a Kentucky alum that won a national title with the Wildcats back in 1996.

That McCarty managed to pull this off against his alma mater must make the victory that much sweeter.

Whether this is the first sign of a potentially disastrous season for Kentucky or a rallying point that brings the team together remains to be seen, but the Wildcats made the wrong kind of history last night. That's rarely a good sign of things to come.

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