A common criticism thrown around by UCLA basketball fans is that if Kentucky can win with talented freshmen, as it did last season, then why can't the Bruins, who are loaded with freshmen stars this season?
"We're no Kentucky," UCLA guard Norman Powell said Monday. "We don't have Anthony Davis. We don't have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. We don't have that type of players. With Shabazz [Muhammad] and Kyle [Anderson], they're great players, but Shabazz isn't Anthony Davis. Nobody is Anthony Davis."
Indeed, UCLA's 2012-13 squad is not at all like Kentucky's 2011-12 national championship team, which had six of its players drafted by the NBA, including Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist, who were the first two picks.
But this season's Kentucky team isn't like last season's Kentucky team either.
The Wildcats boast several freshmen stars but they're still off to a disappointingly slow start to the season -- much like another team that is laden with freshmen stars: UCLA.
The similarities continue.
The Bruins started the season ranked No. 11, and, after three losses, now find themselves unranked.
The Wildcats began the season ranked No. 3, and, after three losses, also now find themselves unranked.
The fall from grace has been sharper for Kentucky than it has been for a rebuilding Bruins squad, though.