Sunday, March 11, 2007

From Davidson website

Wildcats Tabbed 13th Seed and Draw Maryland in NCAA Tournament

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Coming off their second straight Southern Conference title, the Davidson Wildcats were tabbed the Midwest Region¹s 13th seed and will take on the 17th ranked Maryland Terrapins (24-8) in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament Thursday, March 15 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. Game times will be announced Monday.

The winner of Davidson's first-round matchup will advance to face the victor of the first-round game between fifth-seeded Butler and 12th-seeded Old Dominion.

Making its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a school-record 29 wins, Davidson has won 13 straight and 25 of its last 26 contests.

The Wildcats, who began the season as one of the most inexperienced Division I teams in the country with just a total of 30 collegiate starts among all their returning players, are led by a trio of juniors and freshman guard Stephen Curry. The son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry, Stephen is eighth nationally in scoring at 21.2 points a game, which is the second highest by any freshman behind Kevin Durant of Texas. Along with earning a number of postseason accolades, the native of Charlotte, N.C., has drilled a freshman NCAA Division I single-season record 117 buckets from long range.

Junior point guard Jason Richards runs the offense and is second nationally in assists per game (7.3) and total assists (242). A member of the all-conference and all-tournament teams, Richards (Barrington, Ill.) is averaging 13.6 points per game as well while shooting nearly 40 percent from three-point range and better than 80 percent from the charity stripe.

Down on the blocks Davidson features juniors Thomas Sander and Boris Meno. Sander, from Cincinnati, Ohio, was named to the SoCon¹s second team by media representatives and is third on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game while hauling in 6.3 rebounds each contest. A native of Paris, France, Meno is the fourth Wildcat scoring in double figures at 11.0 points an outing and is third in the league with 8.1 boards per game.

The Wildcats are guided by 18th-year head coach Bob McKillop, who is the all-time winningest coach in school and SoCon history. Named the conference¹s Coach of the Year a record six time this season, McKillop has recorded seven 20-win seasons, including three straight, and led Davidson to eight SoCon divisional crowns, four league tournament titles and seven postseason appearances ‹ NCAA (4) and NIT (3).

Maryland and the Wildcats have met 10 times on the hardwood with the Terrapins leading the all-time series 7-3. The two clubs last met in the 2005 NIT second round with the Terps rallying from a double-digit deficit to defeat Davidson, 78-63.

Davidson is 5-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with its last appearance a 70-62 setback to second-seeded Ohio State a year ago in Dayton, Ohio.

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