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Stunner: UCLA upsets Kentucky

LOS ANGELES — Breaking down the UCLA’s 87-77 upset victory against No. 1 Kentucky on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion:

HOW THE BRUINS WON: In a battle of two of college basketball’s greatest bluebloods, UCLA controlled the game’s tempo from the start and never let Kentucky get close, riding the home crowd energy in the same building it lost to mid-major Monmouth in its season-opener. The Wildcats had several attempts to slice into UCLA’s lead but struggled to hit momentum-shifting shots to counter the Bruins’ potent and consistent offensive play, as all five UCLA starters reached double-figures.

Tyler Ulis, who played through an elbow injury and finished with nine points and nine assists, makes Kentucky a much better team. But unlike the return of North Carolina’s All-American point guard Marcus Paige — which resulted in a win against No. 2 Maryland — the Wildcats are not a team with a true identity yet. Ulis’ impact was felt, but his injury clearly affected his shooting ability (he…

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