Kentucky basketball was upset by UNC Wilmington at Rupp Arena after defeating No. 8 Miami.

Against UNC Wilmington on Saturday, Kentucky needed to score more points than they had all season long.

And against the feisty Seahawks of the Coastal Athletic Association, the Wildcats, who are never sloppy with the ball, had trouble making decisions.

Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon was doomed by both of those circumstances for UK. 

Kentucky lost 80-73 at home for the first time this season after trailing 41-33 at the half and unable to mount a meaningful comeback in the final 20 minutes.

John Calipari, the UK coach, stated, "We couldn't stay in front of the ball." "You can plan and execute all of this, but what happens if you have a lead and they make a and-one layup on a drive in a straight line?

 It's challenging."By comparison, Saturday's performance was remarkably careless considering Kentucky's extremely high expectations for the season.

The Wildcats were third in the nation in terms of turnover rate coming into Saturday; in 6:37 of the first half, they had already committed nine. UK had 14 turnovers in the end.

"They were all because we're trying to make the hardest possible play instead of just easy plays," Calipari stated. "We've got stuff to learn.

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