Sunday, March 23, 2008

More from The Charlotte Observer

NCAA at Raleigh Rossiter family reunion a step closer to reality

Rossiter family reunion a step closer to reality

Davidson's Stephen Rossiter might get a reunion with his younger brother this week. Ryan Rossiter plays for Siena, which upset Vanderbilt on Friday. If Davidson and Siena win today, both will advance to the Midwest Regional in Detroit."It's real exciting," he said. "But I can't think about that until after" today.

Stephen Rossiter's parents missed his game against Gonzaga on Friday to see Ryan play in Tampa, Fla., but he said he expects them to be in attendance today against Georgetown. -- KEVIN CARY

Dell's cheers delight son Stephen Curry

Davidson's StephenCurry said he didn't feel any differently Saturday, one day after scoring 40 points to help the Wildcats to their first NCAA tournament win in 39 years. He said all the national coverage he's received since Friday won't matter as much as something his father did late during Friday's game.

Dell Curry is known to sit with his fist under his chin. That changed Friday, when he helped lead the cheers for his son.

"When I saw my dad stand up and cheer for me, that was pretty special," Stephen Curry said. "That's what I'll remember." -- K.C.

Last meeting a springboard for Hoyas

Georgetown coach John Thompson III still considers his team's last win against Davidson, 76-51 at Belk Arena three seasons ago, as a signature moment."That is one of the biggest wins since I have been at Georgetown by far," he said. "It was our first year, and that team they had with (Brendan) Winters, (Kenny) Grant and Matt McKillop -- they were a terrific team. To win that game down there was huge for this program. It helped get the understanding and belief in our program, because we knew how good that team was." -- K.C.

Hoyas expect hostile crowd

NCAA tournament bracketing rules prevented No. 2 seed Georgetown from playing at the Verizon Center in Washington because that is the Hoyas' home court.

Rules didn't prevent Georgetown from getting matched with Davidson in the Wildcats' home state. The RBC Center crowd overwhelmingly supported the Wildcats against Gonzaga.

"You don't go through our conference without having played in hostile environments," Thompson said of the Big East. "I'm pretty sure our fans will be drowned out, but we're used to it." -- K.C.


• Stephen Curry might be nationally known, but he can't compete on the Davidson social scene with teammate Andrew Lovedale. Lovedale received 172 text messages from friends and fans after Friday's victory, more than four times what Curry got.

• Davidson forward Thomas Sander had his right thumb wrapped Saturday after injuring it against Gonzaga. He said it felt better, but the Wildcats will need him to heal fast to face 7-foot-2 Roy Hibbert and Georgetown.

By the Numbers


3-pointers Davidson's Curry has this season. That's the third-highest total in Division I history, and it is 11 from the record set by Darrin Fitzgerald of Butler in 1987-88.


Georgetown's record in the NCAA tournament under Thompson III


Consecutive years with at least one NCAA tournament win for North Carolina coach Roy Williams, dating to his time at Kansas. That's a tournament record.


Assists Davidson senior Jason Richards needs to break the school career record of 646 held by Ali Ton, who was a senior in 1998-99.


Points senior Sonny Weems scored during a first-round win against Indiana, the second-highest NCAA tournament total in Arkansas history.

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