Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 3 Kentucky

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup we’ve got some Wildcat-on-Wildcat action as Arizona takes on Kentucky.


Arizona Wildcats

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Andre Iguodala, Sixers: 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.1 steals
Richard Jefferson, Spurs: 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals
Channing Frye, Suns: 18.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 steals
Chase Budinger, Rockets: 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals
Jason Terry, Mavericks: 24.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Gilbert Arenas, Magic; Jerryd Bayless, Raptors; Mike Bibby, Heat; Jordan Hill, Rockets; Mustafa Shakur, Wizards; Luke Walton, Lakers

Team synopsis: Leave Agent Zero on the bench? Am I crazy? Maybe. But this competition wants the players currently playing the best, not who has the best resume. Arenas just isn’t playing at the same level anymore, and both Budinger and Frye are having better seasons. This is a dangerous Arizona team, with a lot of players who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways.

Kentucky Wildcats

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Rajon Rondo, Celtics: 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 14.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 3.0 steals
Tayshaun Prince, Pistons: 20.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.5 steals
John Wall, Wizards: 20.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.1 steals
Patrick Patterson, Rockets: 17.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks, 1.1 steals
DeMarcus Cousins, Kings: 24.1 points, 14.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Eric Bledsoe, Clippers; Keith Bogans, Bulls; Chuck Hayes, Rockets; Jamaal Magloire, Heat; Jodie Meeks, Sixers; Nazr Mohammed, Thunder; Daniel Orton, Magic (injured)

Team synopsis: A pretty young Kentucky squad, which of course is the trend for John Calipari‘s one-and-done factory in Lexington these days. It’s hard to find a more dynamic backcourt than Rondo and Wall, while both Cousins and Patterson can get on the boards with the best. Prince gives them some veteran leadership, and maybe playing in a competition like this would help him forget a dismal season in Detroit. Some might have Hayes over Patterson in the lineup, but Patterson’s offense gives him the edge.

All Ball’s take: A battle of youth vs. experience. Kentucky has the better collection of athletes, but Arizona’s all-around game will be hard to stop.

Results: The first upset of the Bragging Rights tourney, as the 3-seed Wildcats beat the 2-seed Wildcats. Confused? Let me clarify – Kentucky moves on, 61%-39%.

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  1. Rob says:

    I like Arizona in this one. Kentucky doesn’t have enough shooters to matchup. 3/5 of Kentucky’s players couldn’t even win an NCAA title last year. Up until recently, Patterson barely even played too.

    • JC says:

      Welll really if you asked me they dont need shooters to matchup. There back court is to quick they wouldnt be able to stop the penetration.

  2. Mikey says:

    Come on KENTUCKY Wildcats!! ONE-MORE-TIME!!!

  3. Maki says:

    Kentucky would nail this one for sure, though Arizona in my opinion has more experience and is more well rounded, and should be the one going through.. Why? Cause fan favorites John Wall and Rajon Rondo are in Kentucky….and this IS nothing more than a popularity vote..

  4. miko4rm206 says:

    Ima Have 2 go wit Arizona 2…. Kentucky really dosnt have a real big time scoerer… and while people say they dnt really need that cus of rondo and wall but both of them arent that consistent with there jumpshot and really dnt have a DEAD ON KNOCK DOWN shooter when they do penetrate… And Andre is not that bad defensively and rondo wil b spending alot of his energy stickin wit terry on da offense

  5. mcbh says:

    i pick arizona in this one, there are more athletic and shooters on the team which spacing will be so much effective..

  6. Andrew says:

    Go AZ Wildcats!!!!!

  7. Jay says:

    I’m surprised more people aren’t going with Arizona I this one, I definitely would like them in this matchup.

  8. PSoul says:

    If John Wall shot the ball better i’d take Kentucky but Idk how Rondo and Wall would work. UCLA takes this one

  9. Syke O Smoke says:

    This is one of the closer and would be fun to watch this one. Arizona has a good group of guys but Ima have to go with UK. Kentucky Baby!!!

  10. T says:

    Jason Terry vs. Rajon Rando… Edge Jason Terry
    Chase Budinger vs. John Wall… Edge John Wall
    Channing Frye vs. DeMarcus Cousins… Edge Channing Frye
    Richard Jefferson vs. Tayshawn Prince… Richard Jefferson
    Andre Igudala vs. Pattrick Patterson… Do I even need to say, AI9… duh.

    Toughest matchup of all the schools, but Arizona comes out on top because of experience, toughness, and shooting.

  11. C-Melo says:

    Kentucky lineup is a defense oriented team Cousins and Patterson can both give you 20-10 while rondo leading the league in steals with john wall right behind him.Prince got to the NBA because of his scoring and his ability to shut down the other teams (Kobe).This is probably one of the best teams I have seen.