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By LARRY VAUGHT

After spending a week in Myrtle Beach last week with my family — and my four lively grandchildren — I’ve been trying to catch up on UK news I might have missed.

This tweet from UK associate athletics director DeWayne Peevy certainly caught my eye: “Happy Independence Day! For those that asked, we are aiming for Sept. 9 for the UK Men’s Basketball Charity Alumni Game. Mark your calendars.”

Later Peevy noted that UK’s 2010 team — coach John Calipari’s first UK team — has challenged the 2012 national championship team in the annual charity game. That means the 2010 stars (John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe) could entertain fans against Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague. Not sure which team Darius Miller would play for — maybe a half for each team.

What do you think? Is this a game you would like to see? Who would win?

9 Responses to Could UK’s 2012 national championship team beat Wall-Bledsoe-Cousins team?

  • Karen Sprinkle says:

    I’m definitely planning on attending as a birthday present to myself. :-)

    As for who would win, I first thought the 2012 team would win, but then I watched a video where Mark Krebs and someone else broke down each of the positions, and I think although it will be a close game, I think the 2010 team would pull it out. Point guard play will be key, and John Wall is a better point guard than Marquis Teague. Another thing the 2010 team has going for it is bench strength, although it is my understanding that only guys who have played professional basketball, either in the US or overseas, would be allowed to participate (based on the tweets I have read from Peevy). That would take away some of the depth from the 2010 team. The 2012 team’s big advantage is three point shooting. I think it would be a really close game either way.

    I also think Darius would have to play for both teams, perhaps switching teams at half-time.

    I am already looking forward to this game. I hope they can make it happen, and that most of the guys are able to play.

  • TheProfessor says:

    If we had the ability to freeze time, and place each of those teams on the floor, at the ages and experience levels that each team possessed at the end of their respective seasons, I am confident that the 2012 group would beat the 2010 group. However, if these two teams gather today, with their respective experiences in total to bring to the game, I believe the 2010 team might edge the 2012 team out on the basis of greater experience alone.

    Which team gets to claim Darius Miller?

  • BlueMoon says:

    The 2010 team has more experience. Think they will edge out the 2012 team. Think I heard that Darius is on the 2012 team. This is going to be one exciting game.

  • I agree Professor, two years of NBA, 2-3 games a week, is constant Boot Camp Basketball at it’s highest level….But, what a fun game to see, I may have to figure out a way to come from Ft. Lauderdale for this one ! Darius should Play for the Team that got the Ring, period. Well. imo of course…

  • Lindas says:

    I saw that video too, Karen. I was thinking the same thing as you. I had no doubt about Wall and that it would be close with Boogie and Davis. Boogie has the body and I think he will try his darnedest against AD. I want to go to. I wonder when tickets will go on sale.

  • Gene T. says:

    If everyone plays, I think the 2010 team wins. They were only a few outside shots away from a NC. 2010 had so much more bulk, just needed a shooter. I love both teams, would love to see it. Miller plays a half for ea team. They all have gotten more experience and have grown, would be fun to watch.

  • Arnold B. says:

    Agree with Gene T. that 2010 team wins. It is going to be exciting to watch and root for only one team. Guess I will root for both and enjoy it.

  • Little Baron says:

    I concurr with The Professor.

    Since the 2010 team has NBA experience, they would probably win the game this fall. In a few years, when Terrence Jones has experience alongside Dwight Howard, on an elite Houston team, and Doron Lamb has some experience, even in the minor league, joining Davis, MKG, Teague & the ever-so-improving Miller, then the 2012 team would really challenge the 2010 team.

    A game this fall favors the more experienced 2010 team, BUT a big factor would be the officiating “style”… will it be an all out thug-fest, typical of NBA games, which would obviously favor the awesome presence of Cousins, or would it be less thuggery, where only some shoving and pushing is allowed (as in college basketball) which would give Davis a better situation. Of course, Davis is ever-improving, as is MKG.

    Interestng!

    What a team if we combine those two teams… Cousins, Davis, MKG, Wall, Bledsoe with a bench including Patterson, Jones, Miller, Teague, Lamb, Orton, Liggins, Harrelson… and maybe I forgot someone

  • King Ghidora says:

    The 2010 team had a weakness in that they didn’t have a consistent outside threat. They lost to WVU as a result of that IMO. But Miller became a consistent shooter. So if he plays for the 2010 team I think they would win. Plus Cousins has developed into a tremendous player and Wall is better than Teague was. But I have to pick MKG over Patterson although both were great. He just played such killer defense and if he gets in the open floor he can finish with the very best.

    I think it would be one tough game. The defense of the 2012 might pull the game out for them. But depth is certainly a factor with Orton and Bledsoe on the 2010 bench not to mention veteran players like Harris and Stevenson. Those guys were great subs. But the 2012 team had Lamb as a shooter and he was great at it.

    This is a tough choice really. Both teams were very good. But of course the 2012 team did win the title so I’m going with them. They proved they could win the big games.

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