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BasketVols upset Kentucky 82 - 80 in Knoxville


On a night full of stunners in college basketball, Tennessee added No. 4 Kentucky to the list of upset victims.

 

Robert Hubbs III scored 25 points Tuesday night and Tennessee surprised Kentucky 82-80 to snap the Wildcats' seven-game winning streak.

 

Tennessee (11-9, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) beat Kentucky (17-3, 7-1) in Knoxville for the second straight season and earned its first victory over a top-five team since an 83-76 triumph over No. 3 Pittsburgh on Dec. 11, 2010.

 

"We just wanted to go out and make a statement," Hubbs said. "I think we did that tonight."

 

Kentucky's defeat capped a night in which three of the nation's top four teams lost. Marquette beat No. 1 Villanova 74-72 and No. 2 Kansas fell 85-69 at No. 18 West Virginia.

 

 

In Kentucky's last visit to Knoxville, Tennessee erased a 21-point deficit to beat the Wildcats 84-77. No second-half comeback was necessary this time, as Tennessee pulled ahead for good with just over 4 minutes left in the first half.

 

"Tennessee was better than us tonight," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "They deserved to win the game. It would have been a shame if we'd made a 3 or something crazy and had won the game. ... From the start, they deserved to win."

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Great game but did any of you all notice and I have heard that the refs are soft on enforcing coaches back off the court but I knew Calipari was one of the biggest offenders but multiple times he was not just on the court he was almost to the 3 point line in the MIDDLE of the players playing. And twice he was so close the the Vols inbound pass he was in the way. They need to revisit this rule again. A couple of times it was down right distracting the Vol players.

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