College of Charleston Cougars (25-7, 15-5) vs. Davidson Wildcats (26-6, 18-2)
Sunday, March 8, 2009 – 6:00 PM EST
This is the first semifinal game of the Southern Conference tournament between the No. 3 South seed, the College of Charleston Cougars, and the No. 1 South seed, the Davidson Wildcats.
These teams will meet for the third time this season. They split the first two games with each winning on the other’s court. Both games were tight affairs with Davidson emerging, 79-75, while Charleston won, 77-75, and broke Davidson’s 43-game league winning streak in the process.
In Davidson’s win, Stephen Curry was a one-man wrecking crew. He scored 29 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out nine assists while playing 39 of a possible 40 minutes. Curry didn’t have to do it all alone, though.
Will Archambault (14 points, seven boards) and Stephen Rossiter (11 points, eight boards) also contributed to the road win.
Andrew Goudelock was the high man for Charleston with 22 points and seven rebounds while Jermaine Johnson notched a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Tony White, Jr. scored 10 points and Dustin Scott hauled in 11 boards in the loss.
The key to victory for Davidson was their defense, as they held Charleston to only 37.3 percent shooting from the floor, while they made 46.3 percent of their own shots.
The Cougars turned the table on the Wildcats in the second game, as they held Davidson to only 38.3 percent shooting.
But the biggest key to Charleston’s win was the fact that they owned the back boards. They crushed Davidson in the rebounding department by a 51-31 margin.
White, Jr. led the charge for the Cougars with 19 points while Johnson recorded another double-double with 11 points and 12 caroms.
Scott had 14 points, Donovan Monroe scored 10, and Jeremy Simmons pulled down 12 rebounds.
Curry had another big offensive night for Davidson with 25 points but only made seven of 23 field goal attempts including just four of 13 on threes.
Bryant Barr scored 16 while Andrew Lovedale contributed 13 points for the Wildcats.
Current line: Davidson -9.0
Charleston is 12-12 against the spread with a record of 4-2 as an underdog.
Davidson is 13-16-1 against the spread on the season with a mark of 10-15 as a favorite.
The rubber match between these two schools figures to be a highly entertaining, high-scoring affair. Both teams have a plethora of players capable of scoring in the high teens on any given night. But Davidson has Curry, while no other team in the league does. He’ll find a way to be the difference in a close game.
Steve’s pick: College of Charleston +9.0