Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 4 Memphis

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We move now to the East region, with No. 1 seed Wake Forest taking on Memphis, fresh off a win over Marquette in last week’s play-in game.


Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Chris Paul, Hornets: 21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 3.3 steals
Josh Howard, Wizards: 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals
Tim Duncan, Spurs: 22.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.2 steals
Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers: 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.0 steals
James Johnson, Raptors: 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.9 blocks, 2.4 steals

Missed the cut: Darius Songaila, Sixers; Jeff Teague, Hawks; Ish Smith, Grizzlies

Team synopsis: Wake Forest may not seem like much, but they do have the best point guard in the NBA and the greatest power forward of all time, which makes them pretty dangerous no matter who else is on the court. Howard may not be the All-Star he was in Dallas, but he can still be pretty dangerous. Aminu and Johnson are youngsters with talent who don’t get a ton of minutes, but their per-48 stats suggest that could change down the road.

Memphis Tigers

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Derrick Rose, Bulls: 31.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 9.9 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: 16.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 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: Chris Paul vs. Derrick Rose? That’s a pretty good start to a terrific matchup. Unfortunately for Memphis, they don’t really have anyone who can hang with Tim Duncan, which makes this a pretty tall task (no pun intended) for the Tigers.

Results: Paul vs. Rose is one heck of a battle, but Memphis has no answer for Duncan, and that by itself is enough for Wake to advance, 68%-32%.

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  1. miko4rm206 says:

    This would b a pretty good game….. Derrick Rose would have 2 take over the game and while i believe he can/would i like WAKE Forest better running a consistent half court offense with Tim Duncan, Josh Howard and Chris Paul

  2. Derrick Smilovitz says:

    What about Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway he is a Memphis Tiger as well

  3. KK10 says:

    Anfernee Hardaway didnt play for the Memphis Tigers…He played for Memphis State guy