Are you ready for some offense? This first round BBN Jam matchup has one of the best combinations of three-point shooters you will find in the tournament.
Billy Gillispie’s 2008 team did not have NCAA Tournament success, but they were fun to watch thanks to Smooth and Joe Crawford. The latter was a second team All-SEC selection while Bradley earned a spot on the first team and the league’s all-defensive team. Bradley endeared himself to the BBN by never backing down from anyone, not even Andrew Bogut.
The two guards from ’08 will go head-to-head against the 1995 SEC Tournament Champions. To earn that title, Pitino’s squad overcame what felt like an insurmountable deficit in overtime against Arkansas, the defending National Champs, to dethrone Corliss Williamson and Co. in Atlanta.
McCarty, the original stretch-four, was a third-team All-SEC selection while Delk made the first team in 1995, a year before the sharpshooting guard was a consensus first team All-American. Before they made their run to a title, Pitino’s ’95 squad won their first three NCAA Tournament games by an average of 30.6 points. Kentucky’s season ended at the hands of Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace in the Southeast Regional Final. Dean Smith’s North Carolina Tar Heels would only advance to one more Final Four before he retired following the ’97 season.
TALE OF THE TAPE
There’s so many buckets. It’s a matter of who catches fire first. McCarty may be the ultimate equalizer. On the defensive end one might say he’d struggle to keep up with a guard, but I believe his size would ultimately be an advantage. It certainly helped in the 2K simulation, one that was narrowly won by the 1995 squad.
Another close call:
1995- 21, 2008- 19
Delk: 16 PTS, 15 REB, 16-28
McCarty: 5 PTS, 12 REB, 4 BLK, 5-16
Bradley: 11 PTS, 12 REB, 11-24
Crawford: 8 PTS, 12 REB, 8-23 pic.twitter.com/WIuFv1WEg7
— BBN JAM Simulation (@JamSimulation) April 8, 2020
Could Bradley and Crawford give Delk and McCarty a game, or will they dominate their foes just like they did in the first three rounds of the 1995 NCAA Tournament?