Championship Week: Davidson Seeks Fourth Straight Southern Conference Title

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2009

The Southern Conference will tip off its conference tournament in Chattanooga at McKenzie Arena today at noon.

The pairings are split between the north (N) and south (S).

The No. 4N Appalachian State Mountaineers (12-17, 9-11 SOCON) will play the No. 5S Georgia Southern Eagles (8-21, 5-15 SOCON) at 12 p.m. The Mountaineers were victorious 95-82 in their sole meeting this season.

The No. 3S College of Charleston Cougars (23-7, 15-5 SOCON) will face the No. 6N North Carolina-Greensboro Spartans (5-24, 4-16 SOCON) at 2:30 p.m. The Cougs won both meetings against UNCG by an average of 15.5 points.

The No. 4S Wofford Terriers (16-13, 12-8 SOCON) face off against the No. 5N Elon Phoenix (10-19, 7-13 SOCON) at 7 p.m. Wofford and Elon only met once, with the Terriers coming away with the 74-71 overtime win in Spartanburg, SC.

Finally, day one ends with the No. 3N Samford Bulldogs (14-15, 9-11 SOCON) versus the No. 6S Furman Paladins (6-34, 4-16 SOCON) at 9:30 p.m. The Bulldogs won by 11 at home, but the Paladins knocked off Samford by six on their home court.

The quarterfinal round will begin at 2 p.m. on Mar. 7.

The top-seeded Davidson Wildcats (25-6, 18-2 SOCON) will take on the winner of the ASU/GSU game at 2 p.m. Davidson went 3-0 this season against these teams, with the closest margin being 18 points.

The No. 2N Western Carolina Catamounts (16-14, 11-9 SOCON) will face the COC/UNCG winner at 4:30 on Saturday. The Catamounts swept the Spartans from Greensboro but fell 78-67 to the Cougars in Charleston, SC.

The No. 1N Chattanooga Mocs (15-16, 11-9 SOCON) will play the winner of the of the Wofford/Elon game at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening. The Mocs split the season series with both possible opponents. Chattanooga won on the road against Wofford and at home against Elon.

The final game of the quarterfinal round will pit the No. 2S Citadel Bulldogs (20-11, 15-5 SOCON) and the winner of the Samford/Furman game at 9:30 Saturday night. The Citadel went 3-0 against these two opponents, defeating the Paladins in both contests and Samford on the road as well.

The semifinals will begin at 6 p.m. on Mar. 8, and the championship game will be nationally televised on ESPN at 9 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 9.

Will Davidson be able to get back to the Big Dance and march through the giants? They have to take care of the Southern before they can set their sights on that goal.