No. 1 Kentucky Loses at Home to Evansville in Shameful Display

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)
Evansville v Kentucky | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

After just one week of college basketball action, the top seeded Kentucky Wildcats have fallen.

On Tuesday night, the Wildcats lost at home to the unranked Evansville Purple Aces 67-64. This is the first time that a No. 1 seeded Kentucky team has lost at home against an unranked, non-conference opponent.

For Evansville, this is their first road win over an AP ranked team in their program's history.

Evansville entered Tuesday night as 25-point underdogs against a stacked Wildcats team. With the win, this is the third-biggest upset in NCAA basketball over the past 15 seasons.

John Calipari's side suffered arguably the most embarrassing loss in franchise history, just two games removed from defeating Michigan State in their season opener. The Wildcats shot an ugly 37% from the field and 23.5% from beyond the arc, as none of their shots were falling in the contest. Ashton Hagans shot just 1-of-8 from the field, finishing the game with more turnovers (4) than points (3).

Leading the way for the Purple Aces was guard KJ Riley, who scored 18 points (4-of-8 from field), four rebounds, and one assist. Evansville is coached by former Kentucky star Walter McCarty, who helped the team earn a championship in 1996.

This loss will stick with the Kentucky Wildcats for a long time, and it will certainly be represented in next week's Top 25 poll, in which Calipari's side will likely plummet down the rankings.