Memphis vs UCLA: Individual Player Comparison

April 3rd, 2008

You might say that grading individual matchups is a waste of time.. that it's all about the "team".. and I say, you're probably right. But its still fun to compare individual talent.. so we begin with UCLA's starting five vs the Memphis Tigers.


  UCLA   Memphis  
A- Darren Collison vs Derrick Rose A-
  Everyone loves Rose, but Collison is perhaps the most efficient guard in the country.   Blowing up in Big Dance, but not as effective in a halfcourt game  
B Russell Westbrook vs Chris Douglas-Roberts A-
  Emerging talent provides spunk to bland team, and is pesky in the defensive lanes.   Tigers are at best when CDR is assertive going to the hole. Seriously underrated.  
B- Josh Shipp vs Antonio Anderson C+
  Admittedly has had a weak tournament, but could easily pop in 15 points on Saturday.   Lengthy wing is quality defender and can sometimes knock down a three.  
C+ Luc Richard Mbah a Moute vs Robert Dozier C+
  Virtually same numbers and height as Dozier, though not as good as an athlete.   Quality all-around player that gets lost compared to big name teammates  
A Kevin Love vs Joey Dorsey B
  UCLA's central rock is a better athlete than you think, and ideal for the halfcourt offense.   Tigers best defensive player is better at helpside D than man to man  


Final: UCLA 2 - Memphis 1 - Ties 2

The way Shipp has been playing recently, it might seem generous to give him a better grade than Anderson. The only other controversial pick here is Collison being equal to Rose, but if anything I favor the UCLA point guard to win any given game.