Kentucky Embarrassed at Rupp

Loses to Gardner-Webb 84-68
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2007 12:27 AM CST
Gardner-Webb's Grayson Flittner left, fouls Kentucky's Alex Legion during Gardner-Webb's 84-68 college basketball upset at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Flittner led all scorers...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A small North Carolina school of 4,000 students, lead by walk-on Grayson Flittner, who only tried out for the team at a girlfriend's prompting, stunned Kentucky last night 84-68, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The Bulldogs pulled ahead 14-0 to start the game, and never relinquished the lead, as the Wildcats could only close within 7 at the half.  Gardner-Webb finished 9-21 last season.

The loss eliminates No.20 Kentucky from the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic, and the Bulldogs will travel to New York to compete in the semi-final round. New Kentucky coach Billy Gillespie's words of warning about his team's weaknesses following his debut victory against Central Arkansas proved prescient, as Gardner-Webb repeatedly exploited Wildcat defensive breakdowns.