The date has been set. September 9th, 2013 the two titans of the Cal era will square off to determine basketball superiority. On one side you have the 2012 National Champions with the addition of Brandon Knight. On the other the 2010 group of all-stars with years of NBA experience. We’ve looked at the match-ups at the 1, 2, and 3. Now its time to look at the battle on the block with two of the best power forwards to wear Kentucky across their chest. Who will dominate in just under two months? Let’s debate in this week’s breakdown:
2010 Team, Patrick Patterson & Josh Harrellson
P-Pat Career Stats: 16.1 points per game, 8.2 boards, 1.6 blocks
Jorts Career Stats: 4.7 ppg, 4.7 rebounds, 0.9 blocks
2010 features two of the biggest fan favorites in school history. Patrick Patterson was one of the few bright points in the otherwise dismal Billy Clyde era. Pat poured his sweat into the program and his alumni game debut will surely draw one of the biggest pops of the night. Patrick’s ability to score on the block will give the 2010 team another great offense option though it remains to be seen how he will find a way to score with Anthony Davis guarding the rim. Patterson should be able to get his especially after getting rest splitting time with his blue-collar teammate.
2010 gets an added advantage by adding 2011’s most improved player in Josh Harrellson. Jorts was key to that final four run and is a major addition much like Liggins. Jorts gives a good defensive presence in the post and a nice deep shooting threat which ’10 desperately needs. Harrellson will probably be limited on the inside with Davis and Jones down low but as he proved against Sullinger never count out the hardest working man in blue.
Jorts and Patterson combine for one of the best duos in the whole Alumni games.
2012 Team, Terrence Jones
T-Jones Career Stats: 14 ppg, 8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.8 blocks
The real T-Jones is gonna teach em bout a national championship. While at times during his freshman and sophomore year Jones displayed an uncanny ability to disappear he eventually became one of the most vital pieces of two final four runs. Terrence’s ability to knock down shots from the elbow or even a three made the defense extend which allowed him or his teammates to get into the lane and score.
Jones and Patterson should be one of the best match-ups of the alumni games as both players share a similar game and size. Patterson has more NBA experience but Jones came on late during his rookie year and should be able to hold his own against the more experienced player. As long as Jones is able to hold Jorts in check and battle P-Pat to a stand still then consider this a win for 2012. I imagine Jones will have his hands full in this one.
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