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Ultimate 1-on-1 matchup #8: Dave Cowens vs. Jo Jo White

1-on-1 Tiny Archibald made short work of Bill Sharman yesterday, taking 86% of the vote.  Tiny's got a big challenge.  In a few days, he'll be taking on White Bracket top seed, and second overall seed, Paul Pierce. 

Today's matchup is for the right to face our overall #1, Larry Bird.  It pits Green Bracket 8th seed Dave Cowens (16 overall) against 9th seed Jo Jo White (17th overall).  

Off we go.

(16) Dave Cowens
1-on-1 Advantage: Scoring, rebounding, defense, hustle.  Cowens' motor was always revving at full speed.  In the 77-78 season, he led the C's in scoring, rebounding, assists blocks and steals.  He's also a 6'9" center, so he knows how to box out and rebound.  Even if he doesn't get a rebound on the first try, chances are he'll keep working until he gets it.

1-on-1 Disadvantage:  Speed, ball handling
Cowens won't win a ton of foot-races.  He's not slow, but he's not fast enough to keep up with the fastest guys in the league.  A guard with a quick first step could get a shot off against him.  As a big man, Cowens will have trouble dribbling past a guard.  He'll have to rely on backing down to get a good shot off.

(17)  Jo Jo White

1-on-1 Advantage:  Scoring, speed, defense.  Jo Jo was quite the scoring point guard.  A very good ball handler who had a good burst of speed, he could score from anywhere on the floor.  He was also a pretty good defender who, in a 1-on-1 situation will make a player work.   

1-on-1 Disadvantage:  Size, strength.  At 6'3", 190, Jo Jo will have trouble keeping a bigger player from backing him down. He'll have to rely on his hand speed to knock the ball away.  Jo Jo was a pretty good rebounder for his size, but a bigger guy can still get over him to snatch rebounds away.