Winthrop at Davidson
Belk Arena - Davidson, NC
7:00 PM EST
It just makes sense that the two Charlotte-area schools that have defined their respective conferences, the Big South and SoCon, for the last decade would play more often. But after February's 13-point Davidson win
in a Friday night BracketBuster special, Davidson head coach Bob McKillop pretty much deflected every single question about an ongoing series, preferring instead to talk about Brazilian soccer, team chemistry and Stephen Curry. Which is his right. So we'll get to enjoy this ESPN-mandated return game for what it's worth, and hope that they get matched up again someday.
It's hard to talk about Davidson (2-1) without mentioning a certain Wooden Award candidate and All-America selection
, but I'm going to take up the challenge of writing a 1,500 word story about the Wildcats without mentioning his name once. That'll be later, though. For now, Curry is the shining, boyish face of mid-major basketball, All That's Good About Our Game, and could probably cure several obscure diseases with his jump shot. He's the nation's leading scorer at 35.3 ppg, shooting 51.5 percent and has settled into his new point guard role nicely -- try 7.3 assists on for size. He was last seen putting up 44 (including 14-of-14 from the line) against Oklahoma on national teevee, in a losing cause
. Curry is now scoring 37.3 percent of the team's points. If other people step up, they win that OU game.
Curry and Co. will likely have little problem handling Winthrop tonight, but it's a great opportunity to see how the third (by my count) major rebuilding project in Rock Hill is going. Every year, no matter how many pieces they have to replace, Winthrop keeps winning the Big South. There are only four upperclassmen on this year's roster, and a slow 1-2 start, buoyed by a glorified exhibition win over North Greenville
, includes two wide losses to South Carolina
. In both, the Eagles allowed over 70 points, something that rarely happened in 2007-08. The key thing to watch this season is how the defense develops under stop-happy Randy Peele.Basketball State Preview/Box