Thursday, February 22, 2007


Team Report: Getting Inside

If nothing else, Davidson showed itself to be vulnerable, well at least in terms of winning a game by single digits.

On Feb. 17, Davidson routed Western Carolina, 92-59. It was the team's seventh straight win, with the Wildcats winning on average by 20 points over that stretch. Not to mention it was Davidson's 20th win in 21 games.

"These guys just continue to work hard," Davidson coach Bob McKillop told the Asheville Citizen-Times. "They want to keep getting better, and they've accepted the challenge of working as hard as it takes to get there."

However, two days later, Wofford gave Davidson a game before the Wildcats emerged, 80-73, behind freshman sensation Stephen Curry's 28 points.

"I thought we were pushed and challenged like we haven't been in a while," Davidson coach Bob McKillop told the Charlotte Observer. "Wofford kept knocking us to the mat.

"I'm thrilled that we went through this experience, because we'll need this experience as we head into the conference tournament.'

While Davidson's RPI isn't great, at 63 as of Feb. 19, it's hard to imagine the Wildcats not receiving an NCAA Tournament invite if it wins their final two regular-season games and loses in the SoCon tourney final. That would be 30 wins, and well, 30 wins is 30 wins. Also, Davidson plays a legit non-conference schedule, including Duke, Missouri, Michigan and Arizona State.

Team Report: Notes and Quotes

--Davidson's Feb. 19 victory over Wofford was its 24th of the season. That broke the program's single-season record of 23 set in 1995-96.

--Davidson junior guard Jason Richards set the program's single-season assist mark in the Wofford win. He finished the game with 212.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "To be honest, Davidson had to come in here and not have their 'A' game tonight, and we needed to have our 'A' game to have a chance. Obviously, that didn't happen." -- Western Carolina coach Larry Hunter, to the Asheville Citizen-Times, on his team's 92-59 loss to Davidson on Feb. 17.

Team Report: Roster Report

KEYS: Barring a huge upset, Davidson should enter the tournament at 26-4 and barring an upset there, the Wildcats have a legitimate chance at winning 30 games this season. The key for the team's success this season has been perhaps the nation's most underrated backcourt in Jason Richard and Stephen Curry.


G Stephen Curry overtook UNCG junior center Kyle Hines for the SoCon scoring lead after dropping 28 points on Wofford on Feb. 19. It marked the eighth straight game Curry had scored at least 23 points.

G Jason Richards scored 21 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, in the Feb. 17 92-59 rout of Western Carolina.


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't Davidson only get to 29 wins in the conference tourney, even if they won it? (since they get a bye in the 1st round)

WB said...

I thought the same thing. I guess the guy thought that DC would play 4 games in the tournament