I think most college basketball fans could recall the days when Stephen Curry was doing real damage in the NCAA Tournament and helped make the Davidson Wildcats–as well as himself–household names. As far as recent history goes, their Elite Eight run together was as magical and enjoyable a moment that the tourney has had. Really, that is what March Madness is all about — finding new stars from small schools and making us care about a team we would otherwise not.
That time has passed. While Curry is now in the NBA, dropping 50 at the Garden, Davidson is still in the NCAAs. However, the difference between now and then, the Wildcats are not going to sneak up on anybody. In fact, thanks in large part to last year’s success, many experts feel that Davidson is going to upset the Marquette Golden Eagles in the second round.
This is what head coach, Bob McKillop, has done. He has made a program that nobody knew a single thing about a few years ago, into everyone’s perennial favorite for Cinderella. Davidson has become more than just a nice story, they have become legitimate players whenever they wear a pair of NCAA Tournament dancing slippers.
Davidson returns a few players from a team who a year ago had the Louisville Cardinals on the brink. Marquette knows that this game is not going to be as easy as they hoped they would draw on Selection Sunday. McKillop also knows that he is not going to be able to sneak up on the Golden Eagles.
Both teams are going to be prepped and ready for battle on Thursday. While Davidson is no longer just a nice story, they wouldn’t mind adding another chapter in McKillop’s 24 year fairy-tale time with the program.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JospehNardone