After a month of battles between dynamic duos from each team over the last 31 seasons of Kentucky basketball seasons, the KSR BBN Jam Tournament has reached its conclusion.
As voted on by the fans, the winners of BBN Jam are…
The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament decisively defeated the 1996 National Champions, Derek Anderson and Antoine Walker, by taking home over two-thirds of the BBN’s votes in the final round. This is how the entire tournament unfolded.
When the idea of BBN Jam was conceived, I really just wanted to play the classic 90s arcade game, but with my favorite Wildcats. While working out the matchups in my head, I expected plenty of surprises with a variety of upsets. As you see above, that unfortunately was not the case.
I get it, there will always be recency bias and fan favorites when decisions are left up to the masses. The disappointing part is that absolutely no one prioritized shooting. If we were playing the BBN Jam video game, P.J. Washington and Tyler Herro are arguably the best combo based exclusively on their ability to get hot from long range. If not the 2019 team, 1993 and 1995 should have at least been Final Four teams. Of the final eight players in the field, only two shot better than 35% from behind the three-point line.
Even if fans voted on how they believe a hypothetical two-on-two game would unfold, guards have the advantage over bigs every single time. Maybe you give Anthony Davis more benefit of the doubt than a Nazr Mohammed, but Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox are running circles around Wall and Cousins. Objects in motion must eventually come to rest and the larger they are the harder they fall.
Even though the outcomes were chalky, I hope you enjoyed this quarantine exercise. Unfortunately, we could only vote to play out these hypothetical games. In an ideal world we are playing BBN Jam together on Super Nintendo, talking trash until somebody angrily hits restart before the final buzzer sounds.