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10 Sunday Questions/Thoughts on the 2010 vs. 2012 Alumni Game

One of the greatest off-season debates of all time has been the question of which team would win in a head-to-head match-up? The 2010 Kentucky basketball team or the 2012 national championship winning Kentucky basketball team. Both teams are arguably the most talented groups John Calipari has coached since his arrival in Lexington. Although both teams are loaded with talented players, the make-up of each team is very different. Many people have made the argument that simply based on talent alone, the 2010 team is stronger. Others say that the 2012 team is stronger because they didn’t really have a weakness and they were brilliant in the area of execution. Regardless of which side of the coin you choose in the debate, the one thing we can surely all agree upon is that watching those 2 teams square off against one another would be ridiculously fun and entertaining.

And now, it looks as if that game might just be a real possibility. DeWayne Peevy is working hard to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Hopefully the result will live up to the expectations of the Big Blue Nation, which are a mile high. With the potential game coming our way soon, there’s plenty to think about/speculate on in regards to the game. Here are my 10 questions/thoughts on the 2010 vs. 2012 Kentucky Alumni Game. Or as I will now refer to it, “The Off-Season Dream Game.”

1) Which team will Darius Miller play for?

Darius Miller is the lone holdover who happened to play for both the 2010 and 2012 teams (excluding Jon Hood who is still on Kentucky’s roster). Miller was a crucial member of each team’s success. Miller played starter’s minutes on both teams. Does he split the game, one half a piece? Does he go to whichever team has the smallest number of players who can participate? If everyone shows up, I think you could make the argument either way as to which team needs him more. The 2012 team has less depth in general, but MKG can play the 3. The 2012 team would also be without Kyle Wiltjer as an added piece of depth. The 2010 team has more depth, but Liggins can play the 3. Prediction: Miller plays 1 half with each team.

2) Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins immediately make the 2010 team better than it was at the time

Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins were both members of the 2010 Kentucky team, but neither reached close to his full potential while on that team. Harrellson played very, very sparingly and Liggins was used in a limited role as well. If the 2011 version of both of those players is added to the 2010 crew that already was the most talented team in the country that season, that team is instantly better. Liggins and Harrellson could be the x-factor if the 2010 team wins.

3) The most intriguing match-up Part I: Finesse vs. Braun

DeMarcus Cousins vs. Anthony Davis is an intriguing match-up. The two players are polar opposites in nature. Davis has more of an outside touch and a much slimmer and nimble frame. Cousins is a better back to the basket player with a ton of slick post moves. Davis is a shot blocking sensation, and Cousins would be a load down low physically for Davis. An argument could be made on either players’ behalf as to who has been the best center in the Calipari era at Kentucky. Prediction: Lots of dunks from both players. Davis gets in at least one nasty block on Cousins though. Cousins still finishes with 20+ points. Davis finishes with much fewer points, but has a tremendous impact on the game nonetheless (see 2012 national championship game).

4) The most intriguing match-up Part II: Patrick Patterson vs. Terrence Jones

Patrick Patterson was as beloved of a player as Kentucky has had in quite some time. Terrence Jones ended his career on a great note with Kentucky fans, but at times was a bit of a thorn in Big Blue Nation’s side. Strictly in terms of the game of basketball though, who wins the battle? Prediction: Draw

5) Who will coach the game?

John Calipari always likes to throw in a little treat/curve ball when it comes to the coaches for this type of event. Will he go the more traditional route and perhaps bring in a guy like Joe B. Hall? Or will he go for the wow factor and try to bring in a celebrity like Drake? Or will Calipari split time “coaching” both teams? Prediction: Cal will bring in someone famous. Joe B. Hall will get an honorary spot on the bench though.

6) Rupp Arena could legitimately sell out

It’s always hard to predict the interest level for something like this. We’ve seen similar types of events thrown by Kentucky, and some have had more success than others. It has been hard in the off-season to get a complete sell-out though. With this group of players, IF they all (or at least almost all) actually show up… I think it will be the most highly attended event of its nature for Kentucky basketball. Prediction: Rupp Arena will be close to a sell out.

7) Daniel Orton’s reception could be interesting…

Daniel Orton is rumored to potentially be a part of the 2010 team for this game. Orton has not been back to Rupp Arena since his time as a Wildcat. His departure was a little shaky to say the least. Prediction: I think Kentucky fans will bury the hatchet and give Orton a warm reception when he is announced in Rupp Arena. Kentucky fans can be tough, but we tend to be forgiving of our own.

8) The 2010 bench will have more depth if everyone shows up

The 2010 team had more depth to start with, but as I mentioned before…the bench has been beefed up a bit with the emergence of Jorts and Liggins as big-time players. The 2010 team could have a big advantage in numbers as well if guys like Ramon Harris and Perry Stevenson come back for the event too. I’m going to go ahead and assume that Darnell Dodson will not be back. Just a guess with a high likelihood. The 2012 team could struggle a bit on depth without Kyle Wiltjer and Jarrod Polson.

2010 Bench:

Josh Harrellson

Ramon Harris

Mark Krebs

DeAndre Liggins

Daniel Orton

Perry Stevenson


2012 Bench:

Darius Miller

Eloy Vargas

Twany Beckham


9) Will it get a little chippy?

Usually in this type of exhibition game scenario, you would expect both teams to be very casual, light and friendly. Both of these teams are filled with ultra-competitive guys though. The players are still young, and most of them are still playing at a high level (most at THE highest level). I think both teams will go at each other hard. I’d like to think that it will all remain fun and games, but I can foresee some major, major trash talking.

10) 2010 team will win

I’ll go ahead and throw down the gauntlet. The 2010 team will win this game. They will come in with a chip on their shoulder after being replaced in some people’s minds as the best Calipari team by the 2012 team, because that team did what they could not quite accomplish: win a national championship. I truly think that fact still bothers some of the guys. Pride will kick in and I think the 2010 team’s depth will be the overriding factor in the end.

If the 2012 team played against 100 different college basketball teams and the 2010 team played against 100 different college basketball teams, I think the 2012 team would win more of those games. 

If the 2010 team played 10 games against the 2012 team, I think the 2010 team would win 6 times. 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

30 Comments for 10 Sunday Questions/Thoughts on the 2010 vs. 2012 Alumni Game

  1. Kev
    2:08 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Statement 2???

  2. HillbillyInBC
    2:14 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    “high likelihood”

    I saw what you did there.

  3. Maxbps8
    2:20 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Darius should play w/ the ’10 team the first half and the ’12 team in the 2nd. (Just like Pele’s last game…for those who remember the best footballer of all-time; tho, Messi is going to challenge his greatness.)

  4. MustacheMan
    2:26 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Very interesting matchup, i’d say the 2010 squad takes it just because they’ve had a few years to play in the league and get a lot better (i.e. Eric Bledsoe). Would be a fun matchup to watch for sure though.

  5. WV
    2:27 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    All 2012 has to do is master the 1-3-1. With the bulldog up front, mike killy in the middle and Davis in the back….game over. Not unless someone from 2010 can actually hit the three ball now.

  6. pharcyde
    2:28 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s another question……Tickets cost________?

  7. DaCuz
    2:30 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Da Cuz will rule that game.

  8. Mike
    2:36 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    We will not “bury the hatchet” with Orton. Quit trying to force an attitude if reconciliation on us fans. He left us in the pooper APR and perception wise. I won’t boo but I certainly won’t cheer.

  9. Catsfan32
    2:59 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Somewhere Brandon Knight is feeling real disrespected and I have to say rightfully so.

  10. RahRah
    3:00 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I believe Darius should play with his 2012 Championship team. My favorite team of all time and I would love to see them take the court at Rupp again.

    If Coach Cal is okay with Orton, I’m okay with him.

  11. O T I S
    3:06 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Meanwhile Louisville won the NCAA Tournament and the Sugar Bowl over Florida

    Kentucky was 2-10 and lost to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT

  12. TDog
    3:09 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    What about Brandon Knight and Enes Knater? They were also invited. Will they play in this game too?

  13. Catsfan32
    3:11 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just saying that there is no mention of the 2011 team at all. Who accomplished more, the 2010 team or 2011?

  14. Me3
    3:12 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    #11 and still trying to justify yourself on a UK message board. Hehe little brother.

  15. Question Number 11
    3:13 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Will we get to see a pickup round robin of 2010 vs. 2012 vs. 2014?

  16. UKBlue
    3:15 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Since this is for bragging rights to hold over each other heads, these guys aren’t messing around. This could be & will more than likely be one hell of a game!!

  17. O T I S
    3:18 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I shy away from bragging normally, but another accomplishment to mention is that I will begin working on my GED next week.

  18. UKBlue
    3:23 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    #11 Good for you, even a broken clock is right twice a day. You got lucky & caught a down year in basketball: almost allowed UK to come back & beat you at home, nearly lost to Wich ST & Mich, lost to UConn at home in football, and played a Florida team in Football that obviously didn’t care & were just going through the motions since a large portion of the FL team declared for the NFL as soon as the game was over. You should go undefeated this year in football, and no one is going to care since you play no one & no TV Exe is going to put you all anywhere near the championship game. You’re about to get to go play in a real conference in the ACC, remember your stupidity when you’re getting crushed in both basketball & especially football.

  19. Uuku
    3:27 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I think 2010 takes it just because they’ve had more experience playing in the NBA. Wall and Cousins are already knocking on All-Star doors. Bledsoe is about ready to make the jump into a starting PG role as well.

    I’m not even sure it’ll be all that close. The 2014 team may shut both of these guys down though in due time.

  20. Han
    3:33 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Miller and Knight and Orton all need to play for 2012. They already lack Wiltjer, and they won’t have any depth. If Miller doesn’t play for them, they have 6 guys eligible.

    If everyone plays that can, 2010 has a big advantage. Harris and Stevenson may be a bit out of practice, but improved Liggins and Harrelson make up for it. Davis and Vargas won’t be able to stop Cousins/Orton/Harrelson/Stevenson, even if they get extra help with Kanter. Patterson will be interesting against Jones. If Miller goes 12, Miller/MKG over Liggins, though 2010 can also put Patterson at the 3 and go big. Teague/Lamb/Miller/MKG at the 1-3 against Wall/Bledsoe/Liggins/Harris will be awesome.

    11) It’s a good thing everyone in Louisville only started counting this year. If they included the year before, or the other 25 before, it’d be embarrassing.

  21. Han
    3:34 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    2014 cannot participate in any official/public scrimmage. They’d all lose their eligibility. Best they can do is pick-up games, and officially, the staff can’t be involved in them. The alums can’t even practice with our guys, officially, unless they’re grad assistants, I think. Could be wrong.

  22. Cj23
    3:57 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Is Polson not on the team? I know he graduated but thought he’d be back and in grad school.

  23. Caytes
    4:17 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    #11. It’s ok little bro.

  24. Dave in Bogota
    5:05 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Orton comes…so I can get his oversized melon in my crosshairs. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left.

    “If the 2012 team played against 100 different college basketball teams and the 2010 team played against 100 different college basketball teams, I think the 2012 team would win more of those games.
    If the 2010 team played 10 games against the 2012 team, I think the 2010 team would win 6 times.”

    Astute analysis there. Dumb f’n b*tch.

  25. Wildcat Faithful
    5:06 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Kanter and Knight need to play on the 2012 team to make it fair, the 2010 team has a big advantage in numbers otherwise.

  26. spookykim
    5:09 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Patterson crushes Jones who sprains a pinkie finger & goes out in the first quarter. Davis blocks several of Cuz’s shots, but Boogie still dominates. Unfortunately, Orton gets booed, but the biggest applause of the night happens when Enes steps on the Rupp Arena floor to play — free at last!

  27. Carlzwa11
    5:33 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Can we do this at memorial??? Definite sell out and would be awesome for everybody

  28. JazzFan
    5:39 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    #13. With Enes, 2011 would have been the best of all 3 of these teams.

  29. ThatsAShame
    7:15 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    One thing about this game is a fact!

    Mike will get on here and whine about how bad UK is playing and how they are going to lose.

    Book it!

  30. When?
    7:24 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Do we know when this game is???