Georgia's 69-58 loss at No. 1 Kentucky Tuesday night set up an interesting comparison. On Nov. 26, the Bulldogs lost by a similar margin (88-76) to this week's No. 2 team, Gonzaga.
"Gonzaga's got size like Kentucky has," Georgia Coach Mark Fox said. "Gonzaga has the reputation of being a great offensive team, and Kentucky has a reputation of being a great defensive team. Gonzaga is a terrific basketball team as is Kentucky.
"If their reputations are true, it'd be a helluva game because Gonzaga can score from anywhere, and they can shoot it and they can spread you (on defense)."
Such a matchup, which would have to occur in the NCAA Tournament, seemed to intrigue Fox.
"That would be a great game," he said. "I might buy a ticket to that game."
Former UK player Kyle Wiltjer scored 32 points against Georgia.
"We made an effort to take away the three-point line," Fox said. "For the most part, we did a decent job. We left Kyle in a lot of situations, and he made us pay."
Lyles remains iffy
Kentucky played without freshman Trey Lyles, who missed a second straight game because of an undisclosed illness. UK Coach John Calipari voiced doubt that Lyles will be able to play at Florida on Saturday.
"As sick as he is, I don't believe he'll be here this weekend," Calipari said. "But we'll see. ... If he can't practice Thursday (and) Friday, he won't come with us. We'll leave him here."
UK missed Lyles in the Georgia game, Calipari said. The UK coach linked Georgia's 36-24 rebounding advantage to Lyles' absence.
"Trey Lyles going out, that really hurt us on the backboard," Calipari said. "Gives us one (less) strong, physical player."
Swagger vs. confidence
In describing Andrew Harrison's performance, Karl-Anthony Towns said, "He's playing with a swagger to him.
"One thing about Andrew and Aaron: They definitely don't lack confidence."
When asked to explain the difference between swagger and confidence, Towns said, "Confidence is feeling you can do it. Swagger is knowing."
It's not as if Kentucky needs the help. But Georgia was the fourth UK opponent missing one of its key contributors. For Georgia, it was Marcus Thornton, the team's leading scorer and rebounder. He's also its leader.
Earlier, Kentucky played short-handed teams Texas A&M, which was without leading scorer and rebounder Jalen Jones (14.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg); Alabama (Ricky Tarrant, 13.1 ppg); and Texas (Isaiah Taylor, 13.4 ppg and 47 assists).
Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson attended the game as a guest of Calipari.
Robertson was the LeBron James of his time (or is LeBron James the Oscar Robertson of today?).
For young people who might not know, Robertson averaged a triple-double in the NBA's 1961-62 season: 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists.
Special guest II
Sean Farnham, the color analyst on ESPNU's telecast, no doubt thought there was a second special guest at the game. His wife, Sarah, accompanied him to Rupp Arena. It was the first time she had gone to one of his assignments since a game at Gonzaga two years ago.
"You've got to experience it," he said he told his wife.
Sarah did a walking tour of Keeneland while Farnham went to the teams' shoot-arounds earlier in the day.
Farnham said the couple's dinner Monday night included a sampling of "good bourbon."
The crowd included some campers who participated in previous John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience events.
Calipari's fourth annual Fantasy Experience will be Sept. 9-11. The entry fee is $7,495.
Organizer Matt Chacksfield said the buzz about UK's unbeaten record and No. 1 ranking has fueled expectations of a full camp (80 players or coaches).
The website is Johncalipariexperience.com.
Last weekend, Alabama outrebounded Kentucky 26-21. That marked only the fourth time UK had been outrebounded this season. Other teams to win the boards against UK were North Carolina, Texas and South Carolina.
Alabama's 45.9-percent shooting was the second-best accuracy against Kentucky. Ole Miss made 49.2 percent of its shots.
Kentucky will play at Georgia on March 3. But that's not the date Georgia fans probably have circled on the calender.
The Feb. 28 home game against Missouri will be when Georgia celebrates the 25th anniversary of its only SEC regular-season championship.
Why Missouri rather than Kentucky? Because it's a weekend game, thus more likely to draw a larger crowd. The game against UK will be on a Tuesday.