That is a question I have always asked myself. What would the spread be like? Wonder no more as Covers.com answers the question for us.
“Here’s an interesting matchup: New Jersey Nets vs. Kentucky Wildcats. The worst team in the NBA vs. one of the best teams in college basketball. The game would be played at Rupp Arena in Lexington and it would be a 40-minute game.
A tale of the tape:
— The Wildcats are 19-1 and currently the No. 1 team in all the polls. They boast four players who average double figures in scoring. The Nets are 0-11 in January despite having six double-digit scorers.
— The Wildcats have two NBA-worthy forwards in Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins, who are both averaging 15 points per game. Cousins is a physical player and leads UK in rebounds with a 9.5 average. The Nets counter with 6-foot-11 forward Yi Jianlian and 7-foot center Brook Lopez, who leads New Jersey in points (19.0), rebounds (9.4), field goal percentage (49.7 percent) and blocks (2.0). Lopez should be able to handle any Wildcat in the paint.
Edge goes to the Nets.
— In the backcourt, the Wildcats are led by freshman sensation John Wall, considered by many experts as a top-five pick in the NBA draft whenever he decides to leave Lexington. He could land in New Jersey if the Nets earn enough ping-pong balls. Wall has been so good this season this might be one position the Wildcats could have a small edge. A John Wall-Devin Harris showdown is worth the price of admission. Don’t forget what Stuart Tanner did to Harris on a playground court.– Kentucky is coached by John Calipari, who was the head coach and executive vice president of basketball operations for the Nets from 1996-98. The Nets have Vandeweghe. This one is an easy call.
The edge should go to Coach Cal.
So, in the end, which team would prevail in this hypothetical showdown, and more importantly what should the line be?
Las Vegas oddsmaker Jeff Stoneback said that, despite all of their struggles and atrocious record against the rest of the Association, the Nets are still better than any college team.
“The problem [Kentucky] will have is depth. Reserves on a NBA team are usually stars in college. It’s a whole new ballgame,” said Stoneback, who added that the Nets would be 10-point favorites and the over/under would be around 181.”
The Nets only giving 10 points. How could you not hammer them in this spot? Then again I am the same guy that is putting money on the Saints -42.5 at 250 to 1.