Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Washington

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup, Ohio State’s Mike Conley and Evan Turner face Brandon Roy and the U-Dub Huskies. Who ya got?

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Ohio State Buckeyes


Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Mike Conley, Grizzlies: 18.8 points,4.2 rebounds 8.9 assists 0.3 blocks 2.4 steals
Daequan Cook, Thunder: 18.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.0 blocks, 1.1 steals
Evan Turner, Sixers: 14.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.2 steals
Kosta Koufos, Nuggets: 15.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 3.0 blocks, 1.2 steals
Byron Mullens, Thunder: 12.9 points, 16.3 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 2.6 blocks, 0.9 steals

Missed the cut: Greg Oden, Trail Blazers (injured); Michael Redd, Bucks (injured)

Team synopsis: A very young Ohio State team is proof of the work coach Thad Matta has done in Columbus. This team would certainly be better if Oden or Redd were available, but neither has appeared in a game this season so they remain ineligible (though Redd says he’ll return soon). Conley is blossoming into a competent starting point guard, but Turner, a rookie, is still raw. Neither Koufos nor Mullens has made an impact on the league yet, although both have nice statistical rates for the limited minutes they have played.

Washington Huskies

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers: 22.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals
Nate Robinson, Thunder: 19.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.4 steals
Jon Brockman, Bucks: 9.8 points, 12.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.0 steals
Quincy Pondexter, Hornets: 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.0 steals
Spencer Hawes, Sixers: 16.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 blocks, 0.7 steals

Missed the cut: None

Team synopsis: The Huskies have only five alums in the NBA, but surprisingly, they fit together fairly conventionally, lineup-wise. Roy is the clear No. 1 option, and in a playground scenario like this you have to think Nate Robinson could be even more dangerous. Hawes and Brockman aren’t well known, but both are capable of holding their own in the low post.

All Ball’s take: If Ohio State were fully healthy, this might be an entirely different matchup (though, even at full strength, Redd is probably in the twilight of his career). As young as the Buckeyes are (and given the talent flowing through Columbus these days), you have to think their best days lie ahead. Krypto-Nate aside, this isn’t an incredibly flashy Washington squad, but one that could still be pretty effective.

Result: The Buckeyes injuries made an impact, as you voted the Huskies the winners by a 708%-29.2% final. Washington advances.

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5 Comments

  1. miko4rm206 says:

    U dub all da way baby….. NATE ROBINSON da playground legend

  2. Got game says:

    its clearly huskies game.. no doubt brandon roy makes the decision a lot less difficult…

  3. 2007 says:

    so you know who Daequan Cook is but you don’t know Mike Conley who was his teammate from the same year in college that Cook was there? Makes sense