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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Only briefly did UCLA appear vulnerable against top-ranked Kentucky in its usual charged environment that has made the Wildcats one of the hardest teams to beat at home.Each time the 11th-ranked Bruins coolly responded with a timely basket or rebound, a consistent combination that grabbed momentum and eventually the game from the Wildcats.Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, T.J. Leaf had 17 with 13 rebounds and UCLA shot 53 percent to beat Kentucky 97-92 on Saturday, its second upset of the top-ranked Wildcats in as many years.More impressively, the Bruins did it in their first-ever visit to storied Rupp Arena -- where the Wildcats had won 42 straight coming in and 89 percent overall -- and never flinched. Just as they did in beating Kentucky exactly one year ago at Pauley Pavilion.I dont think there was anything about them today that was a feeling-out process, said UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose team regained the lead for good late in the first half. We talk about, `Dont go in and jab around the ring to see if you belong. Youre 8-0. Youre playing well. Trust that you belong. That was the key thing that guys did from the tip.The Bruins (9-0), who entered as the nations third-ranked scoring team, matched their season scoring average to win this showdown of college basketballs winningest schools. Kentucky (7-1) cut a 14-point second-half deficit to 95-92 on Derek Willis 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds remaining but Bryce Alfords two free throws with 7.4 left sealed the gutty victory.Besides hitting 35 of 66 from the field, UCLA outrebounded Kentucky 41-38 and limited the Wildcats to 41 percent shooting. It was the most points scored against a Kentucky team coached by John Calipari, who credited the Bruins for controlling the tempo against his talented freshmen.This is a lesson for us, said Calipari, whose team had posted three consecutive 100-point efforts coming in. We didnt have the energy. I had to call a timeout a minute into the game. I mean, just wasnt the same team. There are great lessons out of this. I wish we would have come back and won. ... But sometimes you need to get hit on the chin, especially at home.Hamilton and Leaf led another balanced offensive performance that featured 14 points by Lonzo Ball, Alford and Thomas Welsh, and 13 by Aaron Holiday.Malik Monk had 24 points and DeAaron Fox added 20 for Kentucky, which fell to 124-5 at Rupp under Calipari.THE BIG PICTUREUCLA: The key point for the Bruins came seconds before halftime when Balls 3-pointer provided a 49-45 lead to cap a 58 percent shooting half. I had the shot and I took it, said the freshman, who finished just 2 of 8 from long range and 5 of 12 overall. Coach Alford says to never hesitate. I wasnt hitting the whole game, but in the big moments Im going to come through. I put it up and it went in. It was a good shot and a good way to go into halftime.The Bruins followed with a 9-2 run to open the second half for a 58-47 lead and kept their poise throughout with another team-wide effort that included 18 assists, six off their season average.Kentucky: The Wildcats overcame a 3-of-9 start to reach 50 percent from the field in the first half before a 1-of-8 spell to close the opening 20 minutes. They never got it going in the second half despite making 5 of 13 from long range. What bothered them most were the defensive breakdowns that allowed UCLA to get good looks.We werent focused like we usually are, Monk said. We have to be focused and ready to play day in and day out. If not, well get beat just like this.BEATING NO. 1sThis was UCLAs 12th victory over a No. 1 team, one behind all-time leader North Carolina.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Bruins second straight win over Kentucky figures to move them into the Top 10. Kentucky should tumble a few spots, though not many.MAYBE NEXT TIMEKentucky didnt hold a morning shootaround because of the midday start and Calipari wondered if he should have after looking at the stat sheet.I just felt maybe they were mature enough to do this, he said. Im learning about this team.UP NEXTUCLA: Hosts Michigan on Dec. 10 in the first meeting between the schools since 2011. The Bruins lead the series 11-5 but have lost the last two in the series.Kentucky: Hosts Valparaiso on Wednesday night.---More AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org Discount Jerseys . - Levi Browns tenure at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over before it even began. Cheap Jerseys Fast Shipping . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. http://www.jerseyscheapauthentic.com/ . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. Cheap Jerseys . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. China Jerseys . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges.Sky Sports Johnny Herbert doesnt expect Lewis Hamilton to give up his world Drivers Championship title to team-mate Nico Rosberg without a fight. Hamiltons victory in last weeks US Grand Prix has pegged Rosbergs lead back to 26 points with three races remaining.The German can claim his first title this weekend if he repeats last years success and wins the Mexican Grand Prix and Hamilton finishes 10th or lower. When is the Mexican GP on Sky?But Herbert says Hamilton has nothing to lose and is tipping the Briton, at evens with Sky Bet, to keep the pressure firmly on his fellow Mercedes driver.He said: Lewis was in such good form in Austin its hard to see past him winning for a second week in a row, despite the fact that Nico dominated proceedings in Mexico last year. The title had already been won at that stage last year and this year everything is still up for grabs.Hamiltons success in Texas was his first win in six races and Herbert thinks the three-time world champioon will claim first practice on Friday - another even money bet with the online bookmaker.ddddddddddddTalking points for MexicoThis is a no brainer bet for me, said Herbert.Only twice this season have Mercedes not lead P1 and if Lewis is to have a winning weekend then youd expect him to hit the track running on Friday. I certainly do.The Sky F1 pundit is also expecting a strong show from Williams Valtteri Bottas, who finished third in last years race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and is tipping the Finnish driver to secure a top six finish at 7/4.By rights this should be a good track for Williams. Assuming that Valtteri can avoid the bad luck he suffered at the first turn in Austin Im expecting him to have a strong weekend, he added.Johnny Herberts Charity tips this season are supporting Sporting MemoriesCan Lewis Hamilton keep his title dreams alive? Watch the Mexican GP live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday, the race begins at 7pm; Watch the whole race weekend with a NOW TV week pass - £10.99, no contract Also See: F1 gossip column Every 2016 race live ' ' '

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