Gardner-Webb Shocks No. 20 Kentucky With 84-68 Upset

Wildcats hadn't lost regular-season game to mid-major since falling to Western Kentucky in 2001

Nov. 7, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Billy Gillispie's second game at Kentucky turned out to be the first shocker of the college basketball season.

Gardner-Webb beat the No. 20 Wildcats 84-68 Wednesday night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.

The Wildcats hadn't lost a regular-season game to a mid-major since falling to Western Kentucky on Nov. 15, 2001, in that season's opener. They lost to Alabama-Birmingham in 2004 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Kentucky's last home loss to an unranked nonconference foe was Dec. 3, 2005, against North Carolina.

The tournament had been set up to send four top programs - No. 3 Memphis, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Kentucky to New York next week to play in the semifinals.

However, instead of the Wildcats, Gardner-Webb, which finished 9-21 last season and tied for seventh in the Atlantic Sun Conference, will play the winner of Thursday night's game between Buffalo and Connecticut.