Monday, December 10, 2007

• Davidson got a little support from an unexpected source. The San Diego State pep band, whose team played in the first game, stuck around to play Davidson's fight song in the second contest. It didn't take much to learn it -- the band rehearsed it once before playing "O Davidson" at the game. "It's probably the easiest song we'll do all year," band member Jaime Fratacci said.

• The most impressive part of Davidson's 18-point lead in the first half was that the Wildcats did it without a big effort from Stephen Curry. Curry had five points in that stretch, but forwards Thomas Sander and BorisMeno (13 combined points) and reserve Bryant Barr (nine points) gave the Wildcats a lift.

• Give Davidson coach BobMcKillop credit for getting a key foul on UCLA. McKillop yelled to official TonyGreene, "That's illegal!" referring to the way UCLA forward Kevin Love fought for position. A second later, Love picked up his second foul and had to go to the bench.

• Davidson shook up its starting lineup because forward MaxPaulhus Gosselin sat out the game with a back injury. Will Archambault started and hit two 3-pointers in the second half.

• Davidson has played strong teams, but none as physical as UCLA. The Bruins fly to the basket after missed shots and like to bang defenders on post moves.


SB said...

I noticed the officials called about twice as many fouls on the less physical Davidson than the rough UCLA team. Home court advantage?

In the second half, Davidson had about nine fouls called on them in the first 18 minutes to the four called on UCLA. The officials definitely let UCLA be more physical up and down the court than Davidson.

Dick Barney '67 said...

I notice ESPN's Andy Katz is saying that they have definitely played themselves out of an at-large bid for the NCAA. Problem with "strength of schedule" is that you have to win some. Just showing up doesn't count. I would still rate them as a strong contender in the NIT if they fail to win the Southern Conference Tournament.