2013 NCAA Tournament: Davidson Misses Out on Becoming Potential Cinderella Story

By Dan Parzych
(Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

With just a few minutes remaining in Davidson‘s first game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Marquette, all signs pointed to the Wildcats pulling off the upset and advancing to the next round for a matchup against Butler. Instead, Davidson let a late lead slip away and lost in what could go down as one of the most crazy finishes in this year’s tournament.

The Wildcats lost Thursday’s game to the Golden Eagles 59-58 thanks to a nifty layup by Vander Blue with one second left to help Marquette avoid what would have been the first upset of the tournament. At one point, Marquette found themselves trailing by eight points with less than two minutes left, but they managed to connect from three-point range three times in less than sixty seconds before Blue’s go ahead layup–helping pull off one of the most miraculous last-second comebacks in NCAA history.

Prior to Thursday’s game, a lot of people considered Davidson as one of the most popular upsets to pick in the second round of the tournament and they appeared to be on their way to the win for a majority of the game. Unfortunately, the team fell apart in the final two minutes thanks to poor defense and costly turnovers–leaving the Wildcats left wondering what could have been.

With a win, Davidson would have advanced for a favorable third-round matchup against Butler–who looked inconsistent at times on Thursday against Bucknell. There’s no way to tell what could have been, but it’s safe to say Davidson missed out on a chance on the possibility of becoming one of this year’s Cinderella stories.

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