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Alumni Game Breakdown: Bledsoe/Liggins Vs Lamb/Knight


The date has been set. September 9th, 2013 the two titans of the Cal era will square off to determine basketball superiority. Today we take a look at what is probably the deepest position on the court. Four NBA players capable of playing both the 1 or 2 position on the floor. The battle of shooting guards will undoubtedly produce one of the most intriguing match-ups on the floor. Will it be the dead eye shooting of Lamb/Knight or the punishing defense and grit of Bledsoe/Liggins?   Let’s debate it in this week’s breakdown:

2010 Eric Bledsoe & DeAndre Liggins

Bledsoe Averages: 11.3 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals.

Liggins Averages: 8.6 ppg, 4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals.

One of the more sought after players in this NBA off season has been Eric Bledsoe and for good reason. Playing behind Chris Paul in LA Bledsoe has emerged as one of the steals of the 2010 draft. Ultra athletic Bledsoe has a knack for getting through the lane for the flush while also being a threat on the defensive side of the ball. He could be a devastating point guard by himself but when he’s paired again with Wall it’s hard to see anyone containing the two headed attack.

To take that defensive intensity to the next level 2010 will also feature DeAndre Liggins. Liggins in the NBA has found his role as a stopper for the Thunder and he will be much needed against the great shooting of the 2012 team. DeAndre will be up to the task but can the 2010 squad sacrifice enough offense for Liggins to get a lot of clock? Could present a big problem for possible Coach Clinton.

2012 Doron Lamb & Brandon Knight

Lamb Averages: 13.1 ppg, 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, .5 steals.

Knight Averages: 17.3 ppg, 4 boards, 4.2 assists, .7 steals.

Quick who is the all time three point percentage leader for your Kentucky Wildcats? That’s right it’s mister Doron Lamb. Brandon Knight isn’t too shabby down the list at number 22. Lamb’s shooting was a major catalyst in the national championship run and came up big in the national championship game. He has also started to find his groove against NBA talent as he went for 16 earlier today for the Magic. Lamb will keep the 2010 defense on their toes as he is capable of burying a three at a moments notice.

Pairing up with Lamb will be the 2011 vet and leading freshman scorer Brandon Knight. How awesome would it be to seen Knight knock down another of his patented buzzer beaters in the Alumni game. Knight joining the 2012 team makes them much more formidable and gives them another solid option at the point or shooting guard position. Knight can hit the shots Teague can’t and his precise passing will come in handy when throwing lobs to Davis and Jones. Having already played with half of the 2012 team chemistry shouldn’t be an issue. Knight could be the difference maker for 2012.

Advantage: 2012 by a slim margin.

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Article written by Andrew Cassady

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18 Comments for Alumni Game Breakdown: Bledsoe/Liggins Vs Lamb/Knight

  1. Kentuckiana Kat
    10:38 pm July 8, 2013 Permalink

    How and when can we get tickets to this game?

  2. come on
    11:02 pm July 8, 2013 Permalink

    What about Wall?

  3. The Don
    11:42 pm July 8, 2013 Permalink

    is the 2011 team playing? Knight wasnt around in 2010 or 2012. Tell me if im wrong, but the 2010 team is Wall, Bledsoe, Liggins, PPat, Cousins. Knight watches from the stands.

    11:58 pm July 8, 2013 Permalink

    ……………………………………………..Knight wasn’t on the 2010 or 2012 team…………..

  5. theSkinny81
    12:29 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    3/4 – You must not come here much.

  6. BrowDown
    1:35 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    The 2012 team was Lamb and Marquis Teague. How could you write this entire post and not realize that?

  7. BrowDown
    1:36 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    If the 2010 team counts as the year of Bledsoe and Liggins, then the 2012 team is Teague and Lamb. But somehow you never mentioned Wall in this post. Is this a serious post…?

  8. Ofthingsmanmade
    2:35 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Aren’t they adding Knight and Kanter in order to make up for a couple who won’t be there? At least, it seems like I read that. -_-

  9. Wildcatsteeler
    2:58 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    False match up but Bledsoe/Liggins wins this 2s match up easily.

  10. tuxedo park
    7:43 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    this confuses me too. where can we find the rosters?

  11. jason m.
    7:50 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Man, Is there any chance the game will be televised, or streamed. I would pay good money to see this game. They should televise it and use the proceeds for cal’s charity.

  12. lonnieb
    8:06 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Give me liggins and bledsoe all day…….liggins is shutting one of them down and I will take bledsoe over the other regardless of how you look at it

  13. brew
    8:46 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    from the beginning of Mr. jones post – “The battle of shooting guards”. he was highlighting the shooting guards, some of which are alos capable of playing either position…

  14. Andrew Cassady
    9:20 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    My first post breaking down the point guard battle, Wall V Teague:

    The probable rosters from this post:
    “The 2010 team will likely have Wall, Cousins, Patterson, Bledsoe, Harrellson, Orton Liggins, Stevenson and Harris, while the 2012 team will consist of Davis, MKG, Teague, Jones, Lamb, Vargas and Miller (probably given to this team to balance it up, even though he played for both). Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter are both invited, even though they didn’t play for either team, and I would expect Knight to probably end up with the 2012 group (Kanter is injured”

  15. KellUK
    9:39 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone know when tickets will go on sale?

  16. H.A. Milton
    10:58 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, Ticket info PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  17. Lanter's Pythons
    11:58 am July 9, 2013 Permalink

    Are you taking best year at UK with these stats for players or the year they actually played together?

    Liggins averaged 3.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 2009-2010.

  18. CatsFanFrankfort
    12:18 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Haha, man, people on this site dont pay attention. I was with you the whole way, Andrew. Id just recommend a note in the posts for SF, PF & C that says “This is post #x in a series of posts concerning the positional match-ups in the upcoming Alumni game”. Then people wont be so confused. And maybe also mention that Knight and Kanter are the only two players that have both left school, and were not on either team. Good post though; this is definitely one of the best match-ups in the game. I hope everyone plays hard. Doubt it though.