Though the Davidson Wildcats finished just 18-15 , including a 1-1 performance in the College Basketball Invitational, and lost a pair of starters to graduation, a deep and athletic roster had Bob McKillop optimistic entering his 23rd season as head coach. That optimism was justified when the Southern Conference media named the Wildcats the preseason favorites to win the South Division.
Sophomore forward De'Mon Brooks started 31 of 32 games and his 16 points and 6.3 rebounds per game leads the Wildcats. Forward Jake Cohen averages 14 points and six rebounds per game and the 6'10" junior had a team-high 54 blocked shots. Davidson's talented guard trio of J.P. Kuhlman (11.1 points), Nik Cochran (11.0 points) and Chris Czerapowicz (10.2 points) average double-digits per game, combining to hit 152-of-430 (35.3 percent) of their three-point attempts.
Davidson opened the regular season with a 5-1 record in November, with their only loss coming at the hands of the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Wildcats slogged through a 4-3 December, a month that included a 17-point loss against Charlotte that was followed up with a 80-74 road win over the 12th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The Wildcats went 15-3 down the stretch before blowing out Furman 73-54 in the opening round of the Southern Conference Tournament and downing Elon by 24-points the following day.
After blowing a 12-point lead in the final two minutes of the championship game against the Western Carolina Catamounts, the Wildcats needed double overtime and a game-winning dunk by Clint Mann to stamp their automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Davidson was given the No. 13 seed in the West Region and will meet Louisville in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.
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