Key Turnovers Prevent Davidson from Pulling off Major Upset

By Phil Naegely
Davidson College
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For most of the game between No. 14 seed Davidson and No. 3 seed Marquette , Davidson held the advantage. It was looking as Davidson would be able to hold on and provide the first big upset in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Many predicted this potential upset could happen.  However, Davidson made some key turnovers in the final moments of the game that allowed the Golden Eagles to sneak back into the game and not allow Davidson to pull off the upset.

Marquette made a big three with ten seconds left that cut Davidson’s lead to one. Before that shot, the game was looking that Marquette would be forced to foul and send Davidson to the charity stripe. The worst thing that happened for the Wildcats was the long inbound pass went out of bounds at mid-court, and Marquette got possession back without having to foul.

Davidson was winning so why did they try to force a pass so far up the court? They could have easily become open closer to the guy passing the ball in and then forced Marquette to foul. In that case, their fate would have been in their own hands instead of the opponents.

But that did not happen, and Marquette’s Vander Blue made a layup to put them up with one second left. It was also only their third lead of the second half.

The Wildcats had a chance to hit a late buzzer beater, but they turned the ball over yet again. Turnovers can come back to hurt teams, and those two late turnovers bit Davidson in the butt. In case you were wondering, Davidson lost the turnover battle 11-9, and those two turnovers played a big part in today’s game.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about College Basketball, MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google+.

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