Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 4 Memphis

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup D-Wade’s alma mater takes on Derrick Rose and the Memphis Tigers. It’s on!


Marquette Golden Eagles

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Dwyane Wade, Heat: 33.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.9 steals
Wesley Matthews, Trail Blazers: 22.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.8 steals
Steve Novak, Spurs: 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals
Lazar Hayward, Timberwolves: 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.1 steals
Jerel McNeal*, Hornets: 19.5  points, 4,2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.4 steals

*McNeal has yet to appear in an NBA game, so his NBA D-League stats are listed here

Missed the cut: None

Team synopsis: This team is fairly similar to the squad Wade took to the Final Four in 2003, in the sense that most of the team doesn’t really have much of an NBA future. In fact, they only qualify to participate because McNeal was recently given a 10-day contract by the Hornets. Still, Wade and Matthews are a nice 1-2 combo.

Memphis Tigers

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Derrick Rose, Bulls: 31.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 10.1 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.4 steals
Tyreke Evans, Kings: 23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.2 steals
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Bucks: 17.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.6 steals
Shawne Williams, Knicks: 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.9 blocks, 1.2 steals
Joey Dorsey, Raptors: 12.2 points, 17.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, 2.1 steals

Missed the cut: Earl Barron, Milwaukee Bucks; Elliot Williams, Portland Trail Blazers

Team synopsis: Another team with two top-tier players and a collection of reserves. Rose is having an MVP season in Chicago, and while Evans has cooled a bit from his ROY season a year ago (partly due to injury), he remains an imposing physical specimen. Both CDR and Williams are capable perimeter players, while Dorsey’s per-minute rebound rate would be eighth-best in the NBA — if he had enough minutes to qualify.

All Ball’s take: Marquette is like a low-major team just happy to make the tournament, but Dwyane Wade has proven he can carry a team. Memphis is pretty top heavy and lacks height, but probably has the better players 1-5 in this matchup — especially with the way Rose is playing.

Result: Wade is great, but you decided the Rose/Evans combo is too much, and Memphis moves on by a 72%-28% margin.

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  1. Alex says:

    As talented as Wade and Matthews are, they’re playing on a team with a D-league player, and two players at the end of their team’s benches. A Tyreke Evans/Derrick Rose backcourt could get to the basket at will, and both Chris Douglas-Roberts and Shawne Williams can spread the floor and give them the lanes to do so. Dorsey is there for rebounding purposes, but he won’t have much competition on the boards with the exception of Wade, who is a gard anyways.

    Memphis in a landslide.

  2. scooter says:

    Memphis got this won. i cant wait till the tar hells play

  3. Elie Tchuma says:

    YEAH LETS GO MEMPHIS. I don’t think you’re gonna win the championship (YOU COULD SO DON’T CRY) but you have had some good players at Memphis.

  4. Jrock says:

    Derrick Rose wouldnt be allowed to play for memphis nowadays lol.