EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - UE beats top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 67-64.
In their first time ever playing the University of Kentucky, the Aces are bringing home a victory.
The Purple Aces are now trending on social media following their big win.
It was a homecoming that Head Coach Walter McCarty will never forget. The former Wildcat and 1996 National Champion was showered with water and cheers in the locker room post-game.
The University of Evansville stunned the city of Lexington, stunned the number one team in the country and placed the Purple Aces on the national stage.
Evansville dominated on both ends of the court for the full 40 minutes of regulation to leave Rupp Arena with a victory.
Tuesday night’s game marked the first time a number one Kentucky team lost at home to an unranked non-conference opponent.
“They beat us, this wasn’t us giving them the game, they took it from us," said Kentucky’s Coach Calipari. "They came into Rupp Arena, where not many people win, and they won a tough game. Again, happy for Walter he’s a good man and a terrific coach.”
“I believe in my guys. They’ll tell you that, I believe in them. Talk to Tony Delk or my good friend Antoine Spillman, those guys, I told them we’re gonna come here, and we’re gonna get one," said Coach McCarty. "We’re gonna surprise a lot of people today. Today at practice I told my guys ‘It’s a great day to be a Purple Ace, let’s go do it.’”
The University of Evansville has been put on the map following their takedown of the number one team in the country, which was their first win over a top-ranked team in program history.
For UE fans, it may never get old watching their team outplay, outpace and outshoot a John Calipari Wildcat team.
After the game, the Aces players were asked what it was like coming into Rupp Arena, facing off against the goliath that is Kentucky basketball.
“We got a team full of competitors," says Sam Cunliffe. "Practice is really competitive, it doesn’t matter what we’re doing, we want to win. I think that we have a bunch of guys that just believe and a bunch of guys who didn’t’ care about the jersey, didn’t care about the arena and said we got the same court and put our pants on one leg at a time so we’re just gonna come out here and play them as men. Obviously like we said, a great team and a great environment, we’re just happy that we were able to come together and pull it out.”
For those wondering how packed the Ford Center will be on Thursday for IU Kokomo and beyond, well the UE ticket staff says that nearly 125 new season ticket packages have been sold since UE’s win at Kentucky.