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Alumni Game Breakdown: Wall V. Teague


Well the big news from the weekend was the announcement of a potential alumni game between the 2010 and 2012 Wildcats. Those two teams have been the two best teams in the Cal era and the debate has raged since the 2012 banner was raised. While the game, if it happens, is still months away there it’s still interesting to take a look at the potential matchups over the next few weeks. First up is the 1 spot and the debate of John Wall taking on Marquis Teague.

John Wall

UK Averages: 16.6 ppg, 6.5 APG, 4.3 Rebounds, 1.8 Steals

John Wall is possibly the best point guard to ever wear the blue and white. From the first time he took the court in Rupp Arena he blew everyone away. Never before had a player combined speed, handling, and raw athleticism in such a way and they may never again. Wall was a force at getting to the rim as well as finding his teammates for an open shot or jam. He was a first team All-American and the number one pick in the draft. It would be hard to have a better year in the point guard position.

With three years in the association under his belt Wall could be the best player on the floor in the alumni game. He had a breakout year after returning from from a knee injury earlier this year. Will Wall be able to get to the rim with Anthony Davis guarding the rim? Will he be able to score if he draws the defensive intensity of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? It would be hard to stop wall but if the 2012 team can disrupt his team chemistry and force bad shots like WVU then Wall’s squad could be in trouble.

Marquis Teague

UK Averages: 10 ppg, 4.8 APG, 2.5 Rebounds, .9 Steals

Teague had an incredible transformation over the course of his one year in Lexington. When the year began Teague was somewhat seen as the ‘weak link’. You knew what you would get from the other four starters but Teague was prone to being hot/cold and making poor decisions. However by the end of the year Marquis was a capable floor general capable of going up against the best in basketball and looking great. He was a major factor in the championship run.

Teague had a rough year during his first NBA season, only averaging 2.1 points per game. Will he be able to hold his own against one of the best point guards in the league? If he can figure out a way to get his teammates some auto lobs then the 2012 team could be dangerous. If Teague is shut down then the 2012 boys could really struggle.


Advantage: Wall

Who ya got?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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21 Comments for Alumni Game Breakdown: Wall V. Teague

  1. Kelkat
    9:46 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I like Teague but it’s not even close. John Wall is an exceptional PG. He has a gear that when he kicks it in is just amazing. He is the best PG to ever play at UK.

  2. Snl1960
    9:47 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    BUT it is alumni game, we still will never find out because everyone gets out of the way so no one gets hurt.we have seen it numerous times. All for fun , so no need to get the fans riled up.john wall can drive all day long, A.D. Will move over but not make contact.ALL SHOW.

  3. Hoffy
    9:52 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Pope John Wall, that is all.

  4. Epps was great
    9:52 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I get that Wall is the most talented PG at UK in a long time, but I think most of his greatness will be in the NBA because that’s just the way the times are now. For me Epps was the best PG at UK. He didn’t have the NBA talent, but he controlled the game from the point and without him we don’t win in 96. Our only regular season loss that year was when Pitino was experimenting with other players at the point.
    I’ve always said that UK should show the incoming freshman PG tapes of Epps playing. If you could get one of these super talented players to play like Epps UK will be unbeatable. Agian I would agree Wall is the most talented PG and he did great things for UK I just think Epps was the definition of how you want a PG to play. Always putting the team in the right play and putting the ball in the hands of the right player and able to hit a big shot when needed!

  5. Epps was great
    9:56 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    2) your right with the exception of Big Cuz! He might even whip some ones a$$ at the game! He would truck his momma for 2 pts. Cuz is for sure a player you love if he’s on your team and loath if he isn’t!

  6. JS
    9:58 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wall is by far the best athletic point guard we’ve ever had hands down.Can you even imagine would wall would have done if he was on the 2012 team!!!!!!!!!

  7. Rockfield, KY
    10:01 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Teague is crazy athletic too and probably stronger than Wall, but Wall is a 3 yr veteran that can’t be guarded one on one and finishes better than any guard I’ve ever seen.

  8. cracka
    10:01 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    if we’re talking about pre-cal pgs, I’d put travis ford above epps

  9. crazy8s
    10:05 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Well done using an image of Wall driving on (Jeff) Teague. My money is on wall against either of the Teagues.

  10. L1C4 is LAME
    10:21 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Any 1 that says teague has 2 b a uvel fan only they would say somethin stupid like that.

  11. Nick
    10:29 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Teague was a better point guard than Wall in my opinion. Wall was a better all around player obviously, but he turned the ball over/ tried to do too much by himself at times. Teague played the role of a true point guard, setting the play and distributing before trying to score

  12. Nick
    10:37 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    #10: No UofL fan would say Teague, they desperately wanted him and we took him right out from under their noses

  13. tubby
    10:38 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    My boy was the pg to ever play at uk!!!

  14. Frankthetank
    10:40 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    11. Very true Nick. Are you kidding? As the stats would indicate, Wall and his 6.5 APG win that category along with any other relevant statistical category. What’s next? Should we compare Mashburn and Stacey Poole?

  15. Mc
    11:00 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I did like Teague when the shot clock was running down. He always seemed clutch when the offense couldn’t get anything going.

  16. UKBlue
    11:07 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I know you all have to fill space, but seriously why is this even a question?

  17. sorryCat
    11:24 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    16) agree. Total waste of electrons. Dumb. dumb, dumb…

  18. April Malique
    1:07 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    Name a single category in which John Wall was even in the top 25 nationaly during the year he was at UK. There are none. The statement that it would be hard to be a better PG is absurd. He had WAY too many turnovers, and was a worse shot than almost any PG we’ve had in the past twenty years unless it was a dunk. His points per game was a function of ball hogging, not accuracy. Look it up, boys. The facts don’t lie. Not to mention his crumbling under pressure vs. West Virginia in the tourney. John has played much better this past year in the NBA than he ever did at UK.

  19. theSkinny81
    2:25 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    18 – You forgot “Siva’s better.” LMAO

    Let me just add this: you are a retard.

  20. lmao
    7:48 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    April you might as well sit on the keyboard as to type something like that. Better yet why dont you just type IM AN IDIOT!!! Dont try to act you are a UK fan.

  21. Don
    8:05 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    Wall, and it’s really not remotely close. Wall will abuse him.