Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 4 LSU

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. Our first Bragging Rights matchup features two schools known for producing big men: the Stanford Cardinal and the LSU Tigers.

Stanford Cardinal VS LSU Tigers

Stanford Cardinal

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes for their current teams):

Josh Childress, Suns: 15.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.41 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 steals
Landry Fields, Knicks:
15.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.36 blocks, 1.59 steals
Robin Lopez, Suns:
21.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.9 blocks, 1.0 steals
Brook Lopez, Nets
: 27.2 points,  8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.2 blocks, 0.8 steals
Jason Collins, Hawks: 8.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.7 steals

Missed the cut: Jarron Collins, Clippers

Team synopsis: The Cardinal are interesting for this kind of tournament, with two wingmen (Childress and Fields) and three centers (the Lopez-Lopez-Collins combo). In a regulation NBA game they’d get killed, but in a pickup game, their size could be difficult to deal with. Josh Childress hasn’t gotten a ton of run in Phoenix this season, but his per-48 stats show he can be a productive player. He’s not a great perimeter shooter, but that may be a good thing for Stanford, as I would imagine a team like this would get a lot of offense off putbacks.

LSU Tigers

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Glen Davis, Celtics: 19.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.6 steals
Tyrus Thomas, Bobcats: 23.6 points, 12.7 rebounds 1.6 assists 3.7 blocks 1.7 steals
Shaquille O’Neal, Celtics: 21.6 points, 11.4 rebounds 1.7 assists 2.7 blocks 1.0 steals
Brandon Bass, Magic: 21.0 points, 10.7 rebounds 1.5 assists 1.2 blocks 0.7 steals
Marcus Thornton, Kings: 25.3 points, 7.1 rebounds 3.1 assists 0.3 blocks 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Anthony Randolph, Timberwolves; Garrett Temple, Bobcats; Chris Johnson, Trail Blazers

Team synopsis: Thornton, you’re going to have your hands full. When Shaq is arguably the second-best ballhandler, there could be issues. But, there is a lot of athleticism and bulk in the paint on this club.

All Ball’s take: LSU has more talent, as every starter plays a relatively prominent role (when healthy) for his team, while Stanford’s Jason Collins is pretty much only in the NBA at this point due to his height. The Cardinal have a height advantage at just about every matchup, but LSU’s talent is much more dynamic. This looks like a toss-up.

Result: You voted, and by your estimation the LSU Tigers scratch their way past the Stanford Cardinal by a 79.7%-20.3% tally. LSU moves on.

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  1. jack says:

    At first blush I took Standford, thinking that Shaq would wear down and become ineffective. But then, I think that pacing will not be a huge issue in this game, a pile of big bodies setting up half court offense. In that setting the Big Diesel can be tremendously effective.

    The real issue is whether LSU can make it with just one guard vs. Stanford making effective use of its height advantage. I think Robin and Jason get manhandled inside and LSU takes an early lead, never looking back.

  2. JJ Shook says:

    In a game of mostly all big men I think Marcus Thornton Seals the deal for LSU.

  3. Rob says:

    two words. big men. and 2 or 3 guards. 3 if you count j-child as a 2 guard

  4. derrick says:

    I thought Stanford would have the edge since all of the guard play lies in the hands of Marcus Thornton for LSU whereas Stanford has Childress and Landry Fields both whom are putting in work right now. The quickness of Childress and Fields could be too much for LSU but u never know

  5. What About UCLA? Kevin love, russel westbrook, bill walton, luc mubah a muta, derrin collison, aaron aflolo?!?!

  6. revfisk says:

    When we say “pick up” we talkin’ half-court in-bound, or full on ballin’? In a half court game, it’s a tough game, but Standford takes this with outside shooting and hustle. In full court, if they press, Stanford still takes it. Ball barely reaches half court. Course, if we’re talking 48 minutes and full court, neither team is much worth a dime by the half time show.

  7. BforBall says:

    why does the LSU have the advantage? if talent is the issue, we could say that the cardinals are much more talented..

  8. James 24 says:

    LSU does have a lot of talent, but they’re a monochromatic offensive team, their offense would run only in the paint, backing down other teams which would not go a long way, looking at they don’t have a ball handler to feed them the ball. Stanford has more versatility with Fields as a perimeter guy and a fair ball handler and with the Lopez’s it’s certain that they have a presence in the paint.

  9. royi440 says:

    As the matter of fact, it’s 54 C’s and 4 PF’s body slamming… not the prettyiest sight but eventually I thing the tigers will take based on the fect they can dribble past half-court.

  10. Jim Wells says:

    As a Stanford alum, I would argue that average IQ should be considered. Then Stanford would cream LSU B}

  11. 3KingZ says:

    thinkin’ its the tigers winnin’ even they dont hav much stamina..

  12. Farai says:

    I think that on every rebound the Cardinals will be looking to push the break. A two on one advantage everytime will make Childress and Fields be like Pippen and Jordan. In a purely half court game the size and versatility of LSU wins but as long as Childress and Fields push the break. They will win.

  13. Elie Tchuma says:

    EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THAT LSU IS GONNA WIN. I mean seriously, STANFORD? All Stanford does is win football games (GOOD LUCK ANDREW) and they even don’t have a winning record whereas LSU has had before (SHAQ era).

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