It’s going to take a lot of Big Nick Energy for the 2020 Kentucky Wildcats to take down the 1996 team and advance to the finals of the Untouchables region.
Nick Richards will have the help of SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley when they go toe-to-toe with two underclassmen from Rick Pitino’s National Championship team, Derek Anderson and Antoine Walker. Physicality is certainly on the 96 squad’s side but the stats aren’t as lopsided as one might think.
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Nick Richards has a height advantage over the 6’9″ Walker, but would he have the upper hand? Walker was a bruiser with deceptive athleticism. He could drop-step dunk on your face or run the floor to score in transition, then shimmy in your face after the finish. Surely, Nickembe Mutombo could block a shot or two while getting up and down with Walker. On the other end is where Richards would really struggle. Physicality bothered him in the paint and Walker would make playing in the post a living hell for Big Nick.
It’s more difficult to see how the game would play out between the guards. Once again, the 96 squad has an edge in physicality but Quickley might be too quick for DA. If IQ can knock down some outside shots, maybe 2020 can pull off the upset. That’s not what happened in the NBA 2K simulation.
The end of an era.
Final: 1996- 21, 2020- 17
Anderson: 18 PTS, 15 REB, 18-46
Walker: 3 PTS, 24 REB, 4 AST, 3-11
Quick: 9 PTS, 13 REB, 4 STL, 9-36
Nick: 8 PTS, 16 REB, 11 BLK, 8-18@iamnickrichards @IQ_GodSon good luck in the NBA pic.twitter.com/RcNM8ldaOH
— BBN JAM Simulation (@JamSimulation) April 14, 2020
Can the 2020 team pull off an improbable upset or is this tournament the 1996 team’s for the winning?
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