2013 NCAA Tournament Upset Alert: Davidson Can Beat Marquette

Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

It is safe to assume that the Miami Heat‘s Dwayne Wade and the Golden State WarriorsStephen Curry have been talking trash to each other for the past week. Their alma maters will be facing each other in the round of 64. In the East bracket, the No. 3 seed Marquette Golden Eagles will the No. 14 seed Davidson Wildcats. Both teams have battled tough teams throughout the season.

Although Marquette had a stronger strength of schedule, Davidson should not be overlooked or underestimated.

Marquette is led by junior guard, Vander Blue. Blue averages 14.3 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. He is the motor of their team. Davidson’s star player is Jake Cohen, who was named the 2013 player of the year for the Southern Conference. At 6-foot-10, 235 pounds, Cohen is an opponent’s nightmare due to his 3-point range.

Cohen averages 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game this season. While he shoots 38.7 percent from 3-point range, Blue shoots 29.7 percent from the arc.

3-pointers are a huge part of Davidson’s offense. As a team, Davidson makes 37 percent of their 3-point field goals and 46 percent of all of their field goals. Although Marquette has a 46.7 percent field goal percentage, they are not good at shooting 3-pointer.

While perimeter shooting is the key to Davidson winning the game, Marquette’s answer will be their defense. Marquette can control the game by dominating the boards and pressuring Davidson on defense.

Look for Davidson to be prepared for whatever Marquette gives them. Davidson’s head coach, Bob McKillop, has built a solid program, and the school is currently on a 17-game winning streak. Even though Davidson is a mid-major school, this game will be consist of two evenly matched teams. Do not be surprised if Davidson beats Marquette. Its team has an underrated head coach, great shooters and the swagger of a powerhouse.

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