Location: Charlotte, NC
Coach: Bob McKillop
Record: 24-7 (14-4 A10)
Kenpom ranking: 32
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): vs. VCU (31) vs. Dayton (38) vs. Richmond (51)
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): @ St. Joseph's (160) vs. St. Bonaventure (107)
Tournament appearances: 12 (most recently 2013)
Best result: Elite Eight (most recently in 2008)
NBA alumni: STEPH CURRY
Best name: Rusty Reigel
Famous alumni: Patricia Cornwell, John Belk, founder of Belk
The Wildcats were projected to finish 12th in their first year in the Atlantic 10. Instead the Wildcats went out and won the dang regular season title. With an offense few in college hoops can stop and a surprise star in star in A10 player of the year Tyler Kalinoski, the Wildcats proved once again that you shouldn't underestimate them.
Style of play: Killa McKillop
Bob McKillop does NOT mess around offensively. The Wildcats light it up from behind the arc, drilling 337 threes this year -- third-most in college hoops -- on 39.7 percent shooting. Good shooting opens up opportunities inside the arc, and the team is safe with the ball, and that's how the Wildcats are averaging 79.9 points per game, sixth-best in college hoops. The problem is defense, specifically inside, as Davidson's small, shooter-filled lineup can't stop big men.
Key player: Killa Kal
Tyler Kalinoski suddenly turned into a do-everything stud capable of dominating the A10. Unassuming at 6'4, Kalinoski was unrecruited out of high school -- his non-Davidson offer was lowly Jacksonville -- and an inefficient bit player upon arrival in Charlotte. Now a senior, the ace shooter and nifty driver leads the Wildcats with 16.9 points per game and is just off the team lead in assists and rebounds.