Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Davidson and Goliath

True, it is a cheesey way to start the entry, but I'm not above going for the easy mark every once in a while.

Davidson (23-8) comes into Comcast Center after winning their first two NIT games. Conincidentaly those were the first two NIT victories in school history. Davidson used a 26-5 spurt to put away VCU in their first game and then bombed 15 3-point baskets to defeat SW Missouri State. Davidson likes to shoot from the outside, setting a school record for 3-point baskets with 276 this year and attempting 718! They have three players with over 100 3-point attempts.

SF Brendan Winters leads Davidson with 16.7 ppg and shoots 43% from 3-point range. The inside game is supplied by Logan Komalski (Baylor transfer) who puts in 11 ppg and 8.4 rebounds. Kenny Grant is the only pure PG that the Wildcats have and while he can dish out over 5 assists a game he also averages over three turnovers. Davidson rarely sees the level of quickness they will on Wednesday and it will likely result in mistakes and transition opportunities for Maryland. Davidson opened with a victory over Missouri but then followed with losses to Duke, Georgetown and St. Joes. If Davidson can take care of the ball and get hot from the perimeter they have a chance to steal the game but it will be unlikely in what amounts to a home game for Maryland.

Davidson is 3-6 all time versus the Terrapins with the last game coming in 1968. They won that meeting 83-69, the Davidson coach at the time was Lefty Driesell. Driesell left Davidson after nine seasons the following year for College Park.

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