Duke's season-opening 118-84 destruction of Kentucky was shocking on multiple levels when it happened — mostly because you never expect to see a team ranked No. 2 in the preseason Associated Press poll get handled so easily and lose to anybody by 34 points. But that surprising result looks a little less surprising with the benefit of hindsight because what we now know is that Kentucky isn't anything close to the second-best team in the country.
Or the 10th-best. Or the 20th-best.
And don't be surprised if the Wildcats drop completely out of Sunday morning's updated Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings because they just had their second test away from Rupp Arena, only their second test against a top-75 KenPom team, and the result was not a good one.
Final: Seton Hall 84, Kentucky 83 in overtime.
So the Wildcats have dropped to 7-2 on the season, which might sound OK without context. But all seven wins are wins at home over sub-75 KenPom teams — four of which are ranked outside of the top 275. That means Kentucky is 0-2 against the best two teams it's played, 0-2 away from Rupp Arena, and now in possession of a loss to a three-loss Seton Hall squad that's missing four starters from last season.