Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Watch the game in person, and tailgate with other Davidson Wildcats:
Lot B in the Coliseum Parking Lot is The Official Meeting Spot for the Davidson Wildcats.
Watch the game live on SoCon.TV.
Catch live blogging from the game by Will Bryan. Will is going to post updates live from the game.
Follow along with the Wildcat faithful on the in-game message board thread on DavidsonCats.com.
Can't watch on SoCon.TV? Catch the radio broadcast live on TEAMLINE.
Can't get TEAMLINE or SoCon.TV? Catch LIVE STATS. (It's not much, but better than nothing.)
Great stuff. If you don't read it, you are missing out.
Note: Will is going to be posting live from the Davidson/UTC game tomorrow, so be sure to check it out if you can't be there. It will be a great way to get some insight into the tournament experience.
Three-for-all is one to see
By Bryce Mursch
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
It’s tournament time! Join in the March Madness and come support the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams as they compete for the Southern Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament bid.
Lot B in the Coliseum Parking Lot is The Official Meeting Spot for the Davidson Wildcats
Tailgating will begin 90 minutes before every tournament game at the Coliseum (Men’s and Women’s)
First tailgates will be Thursday 10am-2pm
Todd Shanesy, Staff writer
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Mike Young is hoping this will be the year the Wofford Terriers are around the Southern Conference men's basketball tournament for more than a cup of coffee.
They made it through the first round of the SoCon tourney in both the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, but the last two tournaments have been one and done. Last year, Wofford lost by one point in the first round to Applachian State.
Appalachian State is now on the board
Bobby Cremins found himself on the phone with Appalachian State coach Houston Fancher on Thursday morning.
"What you guys are doing for the Southern Conference," the College of Charleston coach told Fancher, "is unbelievable. Keep it up."
By GENE SAPAKOFF
A Wofford student with half of his face painted gold and the other half painted black spent the better part of an evening screaming at College of Charleston basketball players. He was reverently polite, however, as he approached the Cougars' head coach after the game.
"Mr. Cremins," said the student, extending a Sharpie and a game program, "May I have your autograph?"
Oh, what a wild ride. Down and then up, frustration and second thoughts and adulation. And that was just Charleston's 71-58 victory at Wofford on Feb. 17, a game the Cougars trailed 15-4 early and 33-29 at halftime, one night that served as an abridged version of a season.
Bobby Cremins, in his first year back as a head coach since leaving Georgia Tech by mutual agreement six seasons ago, seems to have embraced his "leap of faith" despite tougher competition than he expected and lots of work to do on the recruiting trail.
Click here for entire article.
Davidson and Appalachian State must dodge precedent
This year, Chattanooga has the motivation and experience to make for a swell darkhorse candidate. Seniors Keddrick Mays and Casey Long and graduate students Ricky Hood and Bernard Lowndes have been part of a program that won the SoCon Tournament in 2005 and got to the championship game in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Davidson has won 22 of its past 23 games, and 10 straight Southern Conference games. Those 10 wins have come by an average of 18 points. Yet, these Wildcats aren’t invincible entering the conference tournament. Appalachian State showed that in an 81-74 January victory. Davidson’s conference opponents can learn from that game, which showed how to slow the Wildcats.
1. Play Davidson point guard Jason Richards physical. Richards is the Davidson engine, but the Mountaineers found ways to nudge him off-track. He never had clear lanes, and that helped force him in to nine turnovers. Furman applied the same tactic Thursday, and Richards shot 1 for 9. An added bonus for opponents would be getting Richards in foul trouble. When he’s out of the game, the offense bogs down.
2. Shadow Stephen Curry. Appalachian State held Curry to 1-of-11 on 3-pointers by keeping him a few feet out of his comfort zones. Furman also did it Thursday, and the Davidson freshman only had seven points during the first half. Defenders can’t stray from Curry even when he’s 30 feet from the basket. It would help to have a stopper who isn’t concerned with offense, because guarding the Davidson guard is a full-time job.
3. Make your outside shots. Appalachian State made 47 percent of its 3-point attempts against the Wildcats, and Wofford, which lost twice to Davidson by a combined 12 points, also found success from outside. The Terriers made at least 42 percent of their 3-point attempts in both games.
4. Have a quick point guard. That’s the one position that gives Davidson trouble. The Wildcats tried three players to stop Appalachian State’s D.J. Thompson, but none slowed him. Wofford’s Shane Nichols also sliced through Davidson’s defense, averaging 21 points in the two games, and the Wildcats could see him again in the quarterfinals.
5. Get ahead, and stay ahead. Appalachian State maintained a lead throughout most of its game with Davidson, and that’s critical. One of the best attributes the Wildcats have is their ability to take care of the ball and make free throws. Davidson has not lost a game all season that it led in the final three minutes. One thing that will help opponents: if the Wildcats trail at any point this weekend, fans throughout the North Charleston Coliseum will pull against them since they are the tournament favorite.
– Kevin Cary
(abbreviated version - click on the link to read all the notes about the choices)
The Southern Conference media will announce its all-conference teams as well as Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year this week. If my ballot is any indication, Davidson - picked to finish fourth in the South Division this season - will get a lot of recognition for its strong season.Here’s my choices, with comments on award winners and first-team selections:
Freshman of the Year: Stephen Curry, Davidson
Coach of the Year: Bob McKillop, Davidson
Player of the Year: Curry
First team all-conference
D.J. Thompson, Appalachian State
Dontaye Draper, College of Charleston
Jason Richards, Davidson
Nick Aldridge, Western Carolina; Donte Gennie, Georgia Southern; Thomas Sander, Davidson; Shane Nichols, Wofford; Keddric Mays, Chattanooga.
Louis Graham, Georgia Southern; Ricky Hickman, UNC Greensboro; Boris Meno, Davidson; Moussa Diagne, Furman; Donte Minter, Appalachian State.
Curry, Aldridge, Kellen Brand, Appalachian State, Kendall Toney, UNC Greensboro, Will Archambault, Davidson.
- Kevin Cary
BY JEFF HARTSELL
Chattanooga and Charleston are destination cities with aquariums and river views. Where Charleston boasts history, beaches and the Battery, Chattanooga, Tenn., can claim Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls and the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.
What else do the two cities have in common?
They both want the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, preferably for the next three years.
The SoCon Tournament concludes its current run at the North Charleston Coliseum with the men's and women's championship games on Saturday. In mid-March, the league will announce the site of the next three tournaments - for 2008, 2009 and 2010 - and Chattanooga and Charleston were the only cities to submit bids in late January.
Click here for entire article.
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Riding a 10-game winning streak, the Davidson men's basketball team is preparing to defend its Southern Conference Tournament crown at the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, S.C., beginning on Thursday when the Wildcats play the winner of the game between Chattanooga (14-17, 6-12) and Wofford (10-19, 5-13) at 2 p.m. Davidson (26-4, 17-1) will be attempting to win its ninth tournament title and fourth under Head Coach Bob McKillop.
The 10-game winning streak is tied for the ninth longest in the country, and is also the second win streak of at least 10 games this year for the Wildcats. Davidson won 12 straight from the beginning of December until second-seeded Appalachian State handed the 'Cats their only defeat in conference play on Jan. 20, 81-74. The 12-game streak was the second longest in the country when it was snapped.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Wednesday, February 28
Session 1 - Game 1: No. 8 Chattanooga vs. No. 9 Wofford, 3:00 p.m.
Session 1 - Game 2: No. 7 Western Carolina vs. No. 10 Elon, 30 minutes after Game 1
Session 1 - Game 3: No. 6 Georgia Southern vs. No. 11 The Citadel, 30 minutes after Game 2
Thursday, March 1
Session 2 - Game 4: No. 1 Davidson vs. Winner of Game 1, 2:00 p.m.
Session 2 - Game 5: No. 4 UNC Greensboro vs. No. 5 Furman, 30 minutes after Game 4
Session 3 - Game 6: No. 2 Appalachian State vs. Winner of Game 2, 7:00 p.m.
Session 3 - Game 7: No. 3 College of Charleston vs. Winner of Game 3, 30 minutes after Game 6
Friday, March 2
Session 4 - Game 8: Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN Full Court & SoCon Network)
Session 4 - Game 9: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN Full Court & SoCon Network)
Saturday, March 3
Session 5 - Game 10: Championship, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN2)
DANCIN’ THE CHARLESTON!
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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Thank you to the athletic department for posting this interview on the official website. This was too good not to have archived for those that missed the live broadcast.
At halftime of the Davidson/Ohio U game, John Kilgo interviewed Davidson Wildcat legend, Dick Snyder. Dick's jersey hangs from the rafters in Belk Arena along with the retired numbers of a few other Davidson legends. Dick lives in Arizona and was in attendance at the Davidson/Ohio game. Dick went on to play 13 years in the NBA after his days at Davidson.
WHEN: 1:05 p.m.WHERE: McAlister Field House.RADIO: WQNT 1450-AM
Game time: 1:05 p.m. @ McAlister Field House
No TV coverage
No SoCon TV coverage
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The Charlotte region is home to three of the country's most accomplished mid-major basketball programs -- Appalachian State, Davidson and Winthrop. All three have one thing in common: an uncertain chance at making the NCAA tournament unless they win their conference tournaments....
...each team can make a case for an at-large bid: Appalachian State's victories against Vanderbilt and Virginia, Davidson's near-total domination of the Southern Conference's regular season and Winthrop's willingness to go on the road to play major powers. Each has a respectable RPI (Ratings Percentage Index)....
Davidson (25-4, 16-1 Southern)
LOCATION: Davidson RPI: 58
COACH: Bob McKillop (307-217, 18 seasons )
SIGNIFICANT VICTORIES: Arizona State, 75-70; Ohio 83-74.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Freshman guard Stephen Curry, son of former Charlotte Hornets guard Dell Curry, leads the Southern Conference in scoring (20.8) and is a 41.4 percent 3-point shooter.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: 8 appearances (1966, '68-70, '86, '98, 2002, '06), 5-9.
SKINNY: With the Southern Conference regular-season title clinched, the Wildcats are guaranteed a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. One thing they might have going for them in the conference tournament is revenge (they lost to Appalachian State, 81-74, in January).
DID YOU KNOW? McKillop recruits internationally. The Wildcats have players from France, Turkey, Canada and Nigeria.
NEXT GAME: Today, at The Citadel (1 p.m.)
• STEPHEN CURRY In his own words
As told to Staff Writer David Perlmutt
Stephen (pronounced Ste-fen) Curry was a baby when he and his family arrived in Charlotte in 1988. His father, Dell, was an original Charlotte Hornet and one of the NBA's finest 3-point shooters ever. Growing up, Stephen and brother Seth were always lofting shots at a driveway goal. Now 18, Stephen is a freshman guard at Davidson College, averaging 20.7 points per game. Recently, ESPN's Jay Bilas of Charlotte called him one of the 10 best freshmen in the country.
My dad told us when we were young that whatever sport we chose, he'd support us. Deep down, I know he wanted me to play basketball.
As kids, we had a regulation goal and a little goal that we could dunk on. Dad didn't like us shooting on that little goal.
He wasn't always outside shooting with us -- but I know he was watching. Occasionally, he'd come out for some one-on-one, or a game of H-O-R-S-E. I never beat him, but I came close a couple of times.
He coached my AAU teams but left it to me to improve my game. Except one summer, he tried to teach me to shoot a different way. I was short when I started playing varsity in high school. I shot from my waist. He taught me to shoot it above my head so I didn't get blocked.
My grandmother -- Dad's mom -- says she can see his shot in me.
Dad and my mom (Sonya) stressed education and cautioned us not to make basketball a first priority. They threatened to take away basketball if we slacked off from school.
That's why I chose Davidson. I'm working towards the NBA, but when I graduate I will have more of a chance for success.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Regular Season Championship!!
Davidson beats Furman 75-57 on Senior Night at Belk Arena
Wildcats wrap up #1 seed in SoCon Tournament
INSIDE THE REGION JIM UTTER
The Carolinas have been home to some of best basketball this season among mid-major schools, and three area coaches have been recognized for their success.
Appalachian State's Houston Fancher, Davidson's Bob McKillop and Winthrop's Gregg Marshall are among the 15 finalists for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year award, which will be presented during the Final Four in Atlanta.
Fancher, in his seventh year with the school, has led the Mountaineers to a 22-6 record, 13-3 in the Southern Conference. Should Appalachian State beat UNC Greensboro tonight, the Mountaineers will lock up the North Division title and match the school record for victories in a season.
McKillop, in his 17th season with the Wildcats, is enjoying one of his most successful seasons. Davidson is 24-4, 15-1 in the Southern Conference and has locked up the South Division title. Davidson hosts conference rival Furman tonight in the Wildcats' final home game of the season.
Marshall, who has led the Eagles to a 24-4 record and the school's sixth Big South Conference regular-season championship, is trying to guide the team to its seventh NCAA tournament appearance in his nine seasons as coach.
Winthrop plays its final regular-season game Saturday at Coastal Carolina.
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.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Davidson could join rankings soon
Davidson received votes in the AP and ESPN/USA Today coaches’ polls this week, but the Wildcats might do more than that next season.
For the first time since 1970, Davidson could be nationally ranked.
Consider this: All 11 of Davidson’s scholarship players return next season from a team that is expected to have at least 28 wins this season.
Davidson (24-4) wasn’t expected to be this good this soon. The Wildcats were picked to finish fourth in the South Division of the Southern Conference after graduating seven seniors from last season’s NCAA tournament team. The Wildcats roster had started the second-fewest games (30) of any Division I program.
But that youth has adapted quickly, and now Davidson could even sneak into the preseason poll next year. For that to happen, the Wildcats would probably have to win at least one game in the NCAA tournament this season, but Davidson should be among those getting votes in the preseason next year.
-- Kevin Cary
Terriers challenge Wildcats in loss
TODD SHANESY, Staff Writer
DAVIDSON, N.C. -- Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop wiped his brow and let out a sigh of relief as he walked slowly from the court. It's been a while since he had to sweat one out like that.
The Wildcats, having already clinched a division title and closing in on the No. 1 overall seed for the upcoming Southern Conference tournament, got quite a scare Monday night from Wofford before pulling out an 80-73 victory at Belk Arena.
On its current seven-game winning streak, Davidson (24-4, 15-1) has blown out opponents by an average 20.4 points. Three of those were by at least 30, and once the Wildcats led by more than 50.
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From The Charlotte Observer:
Wildcats thwart Wofford threat
Davidson's 24th victory a struggle against 9-18, last-place Terriers team
DAVIDSON - Wofford wouldn't go away, and Davidson had trouble finding the knock-out punch it needed Monday at Belk Arena.
But the Wildcats (24-4, 15-1 Southern) pulled out the victory 80-73 and won for the eighth straight time and 20th in 21 games.
They also set a school record for victories in the regular season, breaking the mark of 23 set in the 1995-96 season.
With two regular-season games left, the conference tournament and a possible NCAA or National Invitation Tournament bid, the overall mark of 27 victories, set in 1968-69, might be broken as well.
Click here for entire article.
From Wofford website:
Davidson outlasts Wofford 80-73
From Davidson website:
Curry's 28 Leads Wildcats Past Wofford, 80-73
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The BracketBusters games over the weekend helped boost the profiles of Appalachian State and Winthrop, but Davidson athletic director Jim Murphy said his school doesn’t regret its decision to not play.
“It comes at a difficult time in the season for us,” he said. “If we were sent across the country, that would be a rigorous schedule for us.”
Davidson is already scheduled to play three games this week - Monday night’s game with Wofford, a home game with Furman Thursday and a game at The Citadel Saturday. Appalachian State beat Wichita State Saturday, then flew to Atlanta early Sunday morning. The team then rode a bus to Boone later that day before heading to Western Carolina Monday night.
More than 100 teams participated in the BracketBusters this season, but aren’t guaranteed a marquee matchup. ESPN dictates which teams play each other, and that can create a game with little excitement. Southern Conference teams UNC Greensboro and Chattanooga hosted teams with 19 losses (UNC Wilmington and Jacksonville St.) and now must schedule a return visit to those schools next season.
Murphy said he didn’t expect Davidson to enter the BracketBusters next season either, because the school already has a difficult nonconference schedule lined up including games with Duke and North Carolina.
But the school might rue passing it up again. Davidson’s nonconference opponents this season did not meet expectations, and the Wildcats could use the BracketBusters game as an extra opportunity next year. Appalachian State’s win Saturday gives the Mountaineers a much better chance of getting an at-large berth this season than Davidson if either team fails to win the Southern Conference tournament. Appalachian State now is 5-2 against teams in the RPI top 100. Davidson is 1-4.
-- Kevin Cary
Monday, February 19, 2007
ESPN/USA Today Poll
voting points received:
Davidson 31, Indiana 31, Kentucky 31
(pretty good company, huh?)
AP Top 25
voting points received:
If I'm not mistaken, this is, by far, the most voting points received in the McKillop era, and probably since the Lefty/Holland era.
Click here to join the discussion about this on DavidsonCats.com.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Class Evokes Memory of 1979, 1995 Legends
By JIM LARRANAGA
Who are the best freshmen in the country and how do they compare to past greats?
1. Kevin Durant, Texas
2. Greg Oden, Ohio State
3. Brandan Wright, North Carolina
5. Spencer Hawes, Washington
4. Stephen Curry, Davidson
Hey, I have to have one mid-major player in my top five.
Don't let his size (6-foot, 180 pounds) or school fool you. This son of former NBA shooting star Dell Curry has had just as great an impact on his college team as the other fabulous freshmen.
Stephen is averaging 20.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, with a high of 30 points and 11 rebounds at UT-Chattanooga. He has led the Davidson Wildcats to a 21-4 record and first place in the Southern Conference.
Like his father, he has shot lights out this season, connecting on 41 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the foul line, even though teams are focusing more and more of their defensive attention on him. Should Davidson not win the Southern Conference Tournament, this just might be the year the league gets two bids instead of one. Either way, Stephen Curry will be a great addition to the Big Dance. He is not a household name yet but could be come March.
Davidson lost last year in the first round of the NCAA's to Ohio State in Dayton but with Bob McKillop at the helm this group of Wildcats could claw their way into the second round and beyond. Stephen is not as big as Chauncey Billups or quite as versatile as Isiah Thomas was when he led his Indiana Hoosiers to the 1981 title in Philadelphia, but then again Isiah was a sophomore. Let's give this rising star some time.
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