Can Ryan Lemond’s favorite Kentucky basketball player contain Kentucky’s Great Wall?
If not for an unexpected loss to USC in the 2001 Sweet 16, the Tayshaun Prince-Keith Bogans combo could have potentially carried the Cats to a championship (in that tournament and this BBN Jam tournament). That loss forced a team reorganization, producing a combination featuring Tubby Smith’s loathed son and Jason Parker, a power forward that was poised to be one of the best bigs in the SEC in 2002 when he tore his ACL while dancing ahead of Big Blue Madness. That one bad dance turned into what we now know as ‘Team Turmoil.’
On the other end, you might not find a more electrifying combination in the tournament. Mashing the turbo button with Wall might as well be a cheat code. I imagine Boogie playing like Sir Charles in the original 1993 version of the game, smashing his way through everybody to the rim.
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Saul Smith got a bad wrap because he was the coach’s son. He was a solid contributor and brought size (6’3″) to the position, yet every mistake was amplified exponentially. His running mate in this process remains a great ‘What If’ UK basketball story.
With all that being said, John Wall would run by Saul quicker than Tubby could bulge out his eyes. The entire game would be spent with the camera panning to Donna Smith as she shook her head in the stands.
Do you have the guts to pick Saul Smith and Jason Parker over John Wall and Boogie?