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. "I mean, they deserved to win".
"I didn't even know he knew Charles Barkley", said Riley, who led all scorers with 18 points. Kentucky was able to hit just four of 16 from behind the arc. Sam Cunliffe paced Evansville with 15 points in the first half, while Immanuel Quickley chipped in nine points for Kentucky.
One of the other three bombshells additionally included Kentucky when, in 2007, it tumbled to Gardner-Webb as 26 point top choices.
Last week, Kentucky defeated then-No. 1 Michigan State. That allowed Kentucky to take over the top spot, and it followed up that win by swatting aside Eastern Kentucky, 91-49.
Meanwhile, Evansville º picked to finish ninth in the Missouri Valley Conference by Blue Ribbon yearbook - took the lead for good with 7:13 left.
"To be here is a dream come true", Evansville sophomore forward DeAndre Williams said.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Evansville became just the fourth men's Division I college basketball team to have its first win road win over a top-25 opponent come at the expense of the nation's No. 1 squad.
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Josh Moore is in his first year covering the University of Kentucky football team and in his fifth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he's been employed since 2009.
"They were not going to get rattled", he said.
More than likely, Kentucky will snap out of its funk when the second half gets underway and win this game by double-digits. Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan, an assistant when McCarty was at Kentucky, also contacted him after the victory. McCarty went on to be a first-round pick in the National Basketball Association, where he went on to play for 12 seasons and be a journeyman backup.
The Evansville Purple Aces aren't waiting for March to stir the pot of college basketball.
Guard Artur Labinowicz is another transfer.
"We just showed the world that we can play", Riley told reporters. We're gonna surprise some people today.' I told them, 'This is a great day to be a Purple Ace. "But I believe in my guys".