Conference: Southern Conference
How They Qualified: Southern Conference Tournament Champions
A season ago, the Davidson Wildcats pushed Louisville to the brink in the Round of 64, only to come up short by a final score of 69-62. We knew that Wildcats were talented then, but with the return of both Jake Cohen and De’Mon Brooks, Davidson is back and dancing for a second consecutive season.
By way of a 74-55 blowout victory in the SoCon Tournament championship game, Davidson advanced to the NCAA Tournament in convincing fashion against the College of Charleston. The NCAA Tournament appearance marks the fifth time since 2006 that the Wildcats have danced.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Jake Cohen (14.9 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: De’Mon Brooks (6.1 rpg)
Leading Passer: J.P. Kuhlman (3.7 apg)
Bad Losses: UW-Milwaukee, Drexel, Georgia Southern
Good Wins: West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Elon, Charleston (3x)
There is no Stephen Curry on this Davidson roster, but there should be no denying the threat that the Wildcats can provide within the field of 68. Davidson was well tested during the non-conference schedule and the Wildcats enter the tournament featuring one of the nation’s longest win streaks (17).
Of course it all hinges on their seeding and first round match-up, but do not be surprised if Davidson pulls off a first round upset, that’s just the capability that this well-coached team has. Davidson is 8-12 all-time in the Big Dance.
The Davidson Wildcats are dancing!
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