Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 4 Washington

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. With 70% of the vote, the Washington Huskies defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 5-4 play-in game, and for their trouble they get the Kevin Durant-led Texas Longhorns. Let’s take a look:


Texas Longhorns

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers: 26.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.3 steals
D.J. Augustin, Bobcats: 20.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.9 steals
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 34.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 steals
T.J. Ford, Pacers: 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.0 steals
Maurice Evans, Wizards: 13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.0 steals

Missed the cut: Damion James, Nets; Daniel Gibson, Cavaliers; Royal Ivey, Thunder; Dexter Pittman, Heat; Avery Bradley, Celtics

Team synopsis: A real title contender, with both Durant and Aldridge providing matchup problems for just about any potential opponent. Augustin is also having a breakout season in Charlotte. Ford is somewhat redundant with Augustin on the floor, but his track record is a little better than rookie Damion James. I could see an argument for James over Ford, but he hasn’t really played enough yet to cement a place over Ford or even Daniel Gibson.

Washington Huskies

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Brandon Roy, Trail Blazers: 22.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.4 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, 12.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.1 steals
Quincy Pondexter, Hornets: 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.0 steals
Spencer Hawes, Sixers: 16.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 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: Washington was your choice in their matchup against a depleted Ohio State squad in the first round, but can they keep it up against a Texas squad with some real firepower? Brandon Roy would have a big advantage over the diminutive Texas guards, but figuring out who’s going to check Durant could be a nightmare for Washington. Texas has an immense advantage in scoring prowess and athleticism, which in the end could be more than UW can handle.

Results: Texas may have gotten hosed in the NCAA tournament against a Pac-10 foe, but they have no trouble with one in Bragging Rights, as the Longhorns cruise over the Huskies 92%-8%.

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  1. Adrian says:

    Are you kidding me? A team full of current Texas alumni would wax ANY contenders.. WHOS NEXT? HOOK EM’!!!

    • Rob says:

      UW would punish Texas on the boards, not to mention their backcourt of Roy/Robinson would destroy Ford/Augustine. Texas may have two stars in Durant/Aldridge, but UW has a more than solid 1-5 in comparison. UW’s defense inside would give Aldridge fits and Durant would get his shots, but so would UW’s guards. In the end, I think UW’s defense would limit Durant/Aldridge just enough to win.

      • dan says:

        texas wins no doubt haha

      • poot says:

        hmmmm…… UW’s best player is obviously Roy. He comes off the bench and scores like 8 points a game. Nate Robinson cant get any minutes in Thunders lineup. Jarret Jack is the back up guard for Chris Paul and the Hornets. None of there players are good now. Thereis now way they could go against Durant and Aldridge. Not to mention that Augustin is having a hack of a year. Sorry but Royis not what he used to be and cant compare to the Texas duo

  2. Sam says:

    HOOK EM’ HORNS!!!!

  3. Keith says:

    Should have been James and Gibson over Ford and Maurice Evans, IMO. Either way though, Texas wins this one in a land-slide. Not the best team though (UCLA)

  4. chopsui says:

    Texas is too deep i think

  5. PSoul says:

    Texas almost easily. If B-Roy was back in his 08-09 form then i would really consider the Huskies