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.
|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.