Sunday, November 05, 2006

Unofficial Davidson 2006-07 outlook

Davidson Wildcats 2006-2007 Basketball Preview
By Ricky Dimon

When the final buzzer sounded on their 2006 season after a close loss in the NCAA Tournament to the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes, the Davidson Wildcats endured a mass exodus of UNC-post-2005 proportions.

Gone are starters Brendan Winters, Matt McKillop, Ian Johnson, and Kenny Grant. Super-sub Jason Morton and valuable reserve Eric Blancett have also departed. In total the Cats graduated 59.4 points per game, or 76.6% of their total scoring last season. They parted with their floor general, their emotional leader, perhaps the most polished big man in the conference, and the MVP of the 2006 Southern Conference Tournament.

Fortunately, the Cats are not without the man at the top, Bob McKillop. Despite several off-season rumors linking the coach to major conference schools such as Seton Hall and Kansas State, McKillop is back for is 18th season at the helm of the Davidson Wildcats. He’s established the program as perennial Southern Conference powerhouse, leading the Cats to NCAA Tournament berths in 1998, 2002, and 2006. Let’s also not forget that another year, 2005, Davidson went 16-0 in Southern Conference play before being upset by UNC-Greensboro at the SoCon Tournament.

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