NCAA Bracket 2011: Better Sweet 16 Showing, Kemba Walker or Derrick Williams?

Pat MarrujoContributor IMarch 25, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play against the San Diego State Aztecs during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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UConn guard Kemba Walker and Arizona forward Derrick Williams are the two hottest players in the NCAA tournament. Both had dominant games in the Sweet 16 and are now set to square off in the Elite Eight.

Walker dropped 36 points, three assists, three rebounds and carried his team to a 74-67 victory over San Diego State. Derrick Williams scored 32 points along with 13 boards in a 93-77 upset win over No. 1 seed Duke.

The question is, whose epic performance was better?

Walker scored a lot of points and never spent any time on the bench. He is undoubtedly the Huskies' best scorer and might be the most valuable player in college basketball.

However, other than scoring and the occasional steal, Kemba did not have any other major contributions to his team in the game against San Diego State.

Williams came out for only two minutes of the game against Duke, but unlike Kemba, he brought more than just his scoring.

D-Will complemented his high scoring total by leading his team in rebounding as well. He was also solid inside defensively.

So I would have to say Derrick Williams had a better Sweet 16 performance than Kemba Walker. However, those games are over, and their Elite Eight meeting is all that matters now. So who will have a better performance come Saturday’s game?

I believe that Kemba Walker will outplay Williams in the Elite Eight game.

Williams has shown that he can go cold against teams with strong inside presence. Against Texas he only scored 17 points and was just 4-of-15 from the field.

He will have to go up against UConn’s strong post defenders in Alex Oriakhi and Charles Okwandu. 

Kemba, on the other hand, has proven that he cannot be slowed down. Arizona guard Lamont "MoMo" Jones will have his hands full trying to guard Walker, who has scored a combined 69 points in his last two games.


My Prediction

UConn 78, Arizona 72

Kemba Walker: 38 points and four steals.

Derrick Williams: 20 points and eight rebounds.