That’s what transpired on this Saturday night, as the Cats ventured into Phog Allen Fieldhouse as five-point underdogs (it was six at one point) and thoroughly dismantled the Jayhawks 80-62.
It was a game Kentucky led by as many as 24 in while handing Bill Self what was easily among the worst home losses of his Hall of Fame career.
Kentucky simply dominated from tip to final horn and looked every bit like a national championship contender at the expense of easily one of the program’s top-five rivals.
This was also the biggest beatdown Kentucky has ever handed a top-five team in their own building.
Kentucky's 18-point win is the largest margin of victory on the road against an AP Top-5 team in program history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 30, 2022
Kentucky is also 1 of only 2 schools with a winning record vs AP Top-5 opponents all-time (70-64). The other is the City College of New York (5-0, all in 1950). pic.twitter.com/u27qZ0zpQG
And considering Kentucky and Kansas are in a very close battle in the all-time wins race, that made this arguably the most important Kentucky - Kansas regular-season matchup we’ve seen...ever?
By winning tonight and going up four games in the all-time wins race, Kentucky took a huge step toward remaining No. 1 in the race going into an offseason in which Kansas may be vacating wins.
Just like beating North Carolina to the 2,000-win finish line in 2009 was important, so too is keeping Kansas at bay in the wins race, potentially for good.
But even without the wins race storyline, this was a magnificent night for Kentucky basketball.
So, we’ll ask you: This is Kentucky basketball’s best since since...? Voice your opinion in the comments section! Heck, send us the highlights of your pick for the best win!