The 1996 Kentucky Wildcats are one of the best teams to ever play college basketball. You cannot say the same about the 2007 team.
Two years removed from an Elite Eight appearance, Tubby Smith’s most-talented recruiting class failed to live up to the hype. The Jamel Crawford-Ramel Bradley combo had not yet seen its best days. Randolph Morris was solid but you could not see it in the win-loss column. UK was just 22-12 in 2007. After winning the 8/9 game they lost to Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Tubby Smith’s final game as the Wildcats’ head coach as pressure pushed him to the Land of a Thousand Lakes, Minnesota.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Derrick Jasper was on the SEC’s All-Freshman teaming 2007. The lengthy point guard could defend Anderson while Perry bodied Walker in the post. That could work for a short amount of time, but folks, they’re called The Untouchables for a reason. Derek Anderson and Antoine Walker are a potent one-two punch that will be tough to stop in KSR’s BBN Jam Tournament.
Starting today we have given you more food for thought ahead of each pick. We cannot create these teams on NBA Jam, but we can on NBA 2K. KSR fan Jaden Basham has created the two-man teams to simulate each matchup on the blacktop game mode. In the first of the Untouchables Region, the 1996 survives a close call.
Untouchables Region starts with a close call:
1996- 21, 2007- 17
Walker: 11 PTS, 15 REB, 3 BLK, 11-14
Anderson: 10 PTS, 9 REB, 10-29
Perry: 8 PTS, 14 REB, 8-19
Jasper: 9 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 9-24 pic.twitter.com/fdZOVXZLSm
— BBN JAM Simulation (@JamSimulation) April 7, 2020
That is just one simulation. How do you think 2007 would fare against the National Champs?
Can anyone come close to The Untouchables in KSR's BBN Jam Tournament? https://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/bbn-jam-round-one-1996-anderson-walker-vs-2007-jasper-perry/