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Bracketbreaker Challenge: Davidson

Johnny SheaCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2008

No one can question Davidson's dominance in the Southern Conference. Now the Wildcats hope to make their mark on a much bigger stage in the NCAA Tournament, and I am confident that they will succeed.

Davidson, led by Stephen Curry, was given a No. 10 seed and will play the No. 7 Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round.

Curry scored 23 points to lead No. 23 Davidson back into the NCAA tournament with its third consecutive league crown—fourth since 2002—with a 65-49 victory against Elon on Monday night.

With the win over Elon, Davidson completed its perfect run through the conference tournament. Curry doesn't see why this streak cannot continue throughout the Big Dance.

According to an article written by CBS Sports, Curry was open about his confidence over his team's run in the tournament. "We've got all the necessary ingredients," he said. I couldn't agree more.

By now, Stephen Curry is more or less a national household name—and it is easy to  see why. According to an ESPN stat line, he averaged 25.1 points per game and shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range. He's fine inside the arc too, making 48.6 percent from the field and 89.9 percent from the line.

This team displays a good deal more than Curry, however.

The Wildcats are considered one of this year's prime sleeper candidates, and a big reason is the play of point gaurd Jason Richards. He average 12.6 points and a nation-leading eight assists per game. Lest you think he did it only against sub-par foes, he averaged 13 points and 8.7 assists in the three games vs. UCLA, Duke, and North Carolina.

"I clearly believe we've demonstrated a lot in terms of seeding," Wildcats' coach Bob McKillop said in a CBS Sports report. "We went 20-0 in conference play. No one did that. The NCAA committee said it's who you play, where you play, and how you play. Not that you win, but how you play. We did a pretty good job of proving that."

This trip will give McKillop his fifth tournament appearance since 1998.

The numbers prove that Davidson is a sleeper team as the No. 10 seed, going 20-0 in the Southern Conference. The momentum carried by their fans and their phenomenal run will act as a domino effect. The Davidson Wildcats will pull off a few upsets and reach the Sweet 16.

Davidson will defeat Gonzaga and then pull off a surprising victory over the weak Hoyas from Georgetown. The Wildcats will surprise many people during the '08 tourney.

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