SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
- Coming off a 66-65 setback to N.C. State 13 days ago, Davidson enters the New Year 4-6 overall and 2-0 in the league. Stephen Curry hit the 20-point plateau for the eighth time this season with a game-high 29 against the Wolfpack in Raleigh, but it was Gavin Grant’s two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining that made the difference.
- Curry, the SoCon’s Preseason Player of the Year, continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 24.6 points per outing, which also ranks him sixth in the nation. The 6-3 guard is shooting 47.0 percent overall and 42.6 percent (46-108) from downtown. Curry’s 4.6 three-pointers per contest also ranks him second nationally.
- Along with Curry ranking among national leaders in scoring, his backcourt mate Jason Richards is also averaging double digits (12.9 ppg.) and still leads the country in assists at 8.7 per contest.
- The last time these two clubs met, Davidson erased a 14-point first-half deficit thanks to a career-high 32 points from Richards to defeat Georgia Southern 101-92 in Statesboro, Ga. To go along with his personal best, the Wildcat point guard scored 20 of his game-high in the opening period, including 16 straight, converted 12-of-14 free throws and added nine assists.
- Davidson is looking to begin its SoCon slate 3-0 for the second consecutive season and fourth time under Head Coach Bob McKillop.
Coaches: Davidson Bob McKillop, the all-time winningest coach in Davidson and SoCon history has compiled a record of 315-224 in 19 years at the helm. Georgia Southern Jeff Price is 146-102 in nine seasons on the Eagles bench and 282-144 as a collegiate head coach.
Series: Davidson leads, 18-6.
Last Meeting: Jason Richards scored a career-high 32 points and Davidson rallied from nine points down at the break to defeat the Eagles 101-92 in Statesboro, Ga., Jan. 23, 2007.
Radio: John Kilgo and Logan Kosmalski will call the action on the Davidson Radio Network.
Next Up: Davidson will conclude its brief homestand with a 7 p.m. tip against Western Carolina Saturday. Georgia Southern travels to Greensboro, N.C., for a 3:00 contest with UNCG Jan. 5.