Davidson-Wofford Preview: Cats and Dogs Square Off

Steve AugerAnalyst IIFebruary 12, 2009

Try telling the Davidson Wildcats that streaks are meant to be broken, and you’ll probably receive a rather cold reception.

Davidson had been cruising along in Southern Conference play this season—with an unblemished record of 13-0—up until last Saturday, when the College of Charleston Cougars paid a visit.

After Davidson defeated the Cougs by four on the road earlier in the season, Charleston had payback on their minds. Not only did they hand Davidson its first conference loss on its home court, but they also ended the Wildcats’ 43-game league winning streak.

The Wildcats will be looking to rinse the taste of defeat from their mouths when they travel to Wofford this evening. Davidson handed the Terriers a 23-point drubbing in the first meeting of the season back in January

Davidson’s success starts and ends with Stephen Curry. While assuming the role of point guard this year, the junior is averaging 28.7 ppg while dishing out 6.2 apg.

Curry doesn’t have to do it all by himself, though. Senior Andrew Lovedale scores 12.3 ppg and averages 8.8 rpg up front, while Steve Rossiter helps out on the glass to the tune of 6.3 rpg.

Besides unleashing Curry on helpless opponents, Davidson also shoots it from behind the arc quite well.

The Wildcats have four players (Curry, Will Archambualt, Brendan McKillop, and Bryant Barr) shooting better than 37 percent on triples. McKillop leads the way at 40.7 percent.

The Wofford Terriers are led by the two-man punch of Junior Salters (16.6 ppg) and Noah Dahlman (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

In addition to being the Terriers' leading scorer, Salters (44.3 percent) is lethal from three-point land. But he isn’t the only marksman for Wofford. Jason Dawson, Kevin Giltner, and Brad Loesing all shoot better than 37 percent from three.

Tim Johnson (10.1 ppg), despite only being 6’5”, is Wofford’s leading rebounder with nine caroms per contest.

Current line: Davidson -12.0

Davidson is only 10-11-1 against the spread on the season, but they’ve been favored by double digits 17 times this year. In those games, they are 9-8. However, they’ve failed to cover three of the last four after covering four straight.

Wofford is 10-8 against the spread but 8-4 as an underdog, with a mark of 3-2 as a double-digit underdog.

Davidson will bring its A-game in an attempt to remind the rest of the league that despite the loss to Charleston, they are still the cream of the crop.

Steve’s pick: Davidson -12.0