Kentucky basketball has the late shift this evening, meaning the Big Blue Nation has had the opportunity to take in all of the impressive matchups in the lead-up to tip-off at 8:30 p.m. ET.
And goodness has it been a wild one.
We’ve seen upsets, game-winners, unexpected breakout performers, and everything in-between.
Let’s dive into the biggest games of the day.
Louisville defeats No. 12 North Carolina on the road
The biggest surprise of the day came in Chapel Hill when the Louisville Cardinals stormed into the Dean Dome and absolutely dominated against the Tar Heels.
In their third game in three days, Louisville came away with an 83-62 victory over the No. 12 team in the nation, giving head coach Roy Williams the largest home loss of his career.
Steven Enoch came off the bench to finish with 17 points on 7-13 shooting and 11 rebounds in the victory. Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora also added 17 points in the victory for Louisville.
It was the battle of two evils, and the Cardinals came out on top.
Kansas State upsets No. 20 Iowa State
With 20 seconds remaining, Iowa State led Kansas State at home 57-54, and the game seemed all but set in the Cyclones’ favor.
And then Barry Brown Jr. had other ideas.
The star Wildcat got fouled and drilled two free throws to cut the lead to just one at the 16 seconds mark. Kansas State then fouled, Iowa State missed the free throw, and Brown led his team down the court for a game-winning layup with just four seconds remaining.
Take a look at the intense finish below:
INTENSE final sequence in Kansas State's win over No. 20 Iowa State ? pic.twitter.com/I41HhmEdc3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2019
After defeating Kansas by 15 at home, Iowa State became a bit of a media darling. The Cyclones are now 0-2 since that win.
Ole Miss proves they are legit in a 81-77 victory over No. 14 Mississippi State
Before the season started, Ole Miss was predicted to finish dead last in the SEC.
After an upset victory over No. 14 Mississippi State this afternoon, the Rebels are now 13-2 with a pair of victories over top-15 opponents over the last week. And they should be ranked when the latest AP Poll is released on Monday.
Freshman guard Blake Hinson led the way with 26 points (8-16 shooting) and five rebounds, while junior guard Breein Tyree added 19 points and five assists in the victory.
Another day, another example of the SEC being ridiculous this season.
No. 1 Duke hits game-winner to avoid upset at No. 13 Florida State
In the only top-15 matchup of the day, college basketball fans were treated to an absolute gem… All the way up until the final seconds of the game.
After a back-and-forth for most of the way, Cam Reddish found himself wide open on the wing with just 2.8 seconds remaining, drilling a three with less than a second remaining to win the game 80-78.
CAM REDDISH! GAME-WINNER! pic.twitter.com/zNums3rKdK
— ESPN (@espn) January 12, 2019
Star freshman RJ Barrett led the way with 32 points (and zero assists) on 10-19 shooting, while Reddish added 23 points and five 3-pointers in the victory.
Zion Williamson was also poked in the eye and missed the majority of the second half, but it was still a slob fest from start to finish. And I hated every second of it
Let’s hope No. 18 Kentucky doesn’t join the madness when they take on 9-5 Vanderbilt this evening…