Duke (12-1) vs Davidson (10-2)
Durham, N.C. - Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV: ESPN / Tip: 7:00 PM EST
Program Vitals Conference: Southern Nickname: Wildcats Colors: Red and White Head Coach: Bob McKillop (20th season) Career Record at Davidson: 350-227
Projected Starters: 14 Max Paulhus Gosselin (6-6, 210, Sr.) – 3.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg 23 Steve Rossiter (6-7, 230, Jr.) – 6.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg 24 Bryan Barr (6-4, 190, Jr.) – 8.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg 30 Stephen Curry (6-3, 185, Jr.) – 29.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 7.0 apg 41 Andrew Lovedale (6-8, 220, Sr.) – 12.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg Key Reserves: 22 Will Archambault (6-6, 220, Jr.) – 9.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg 4 Aaron Bond (6-4, 190, Fr.) – 3.2 ppg 1 Brendan McKillop (6-0, 185, So.) – 4.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg 42 Ben Allison (6-9, 220, Fr.) - 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Storylines For Davidson:
How They Got Here:
Since losing to Michigan in Ann Arbor the Blue Devils have reeled off four straight victories over UNCA, No. 7 Xavier, Loyola (Md.), and Virginia Tech by an average of 32.8 points per contest. On Sunday evening Duke defeated Virginia Tech by 25 in the conference opener for both teams.
Given that Davidson is usually a safe bet to make a serious run at an undefeated conference season, the Wildcats have loaded up their preconference schedule as best they can - after all many high majors have no desire to play a mid-major with a chance to beat them. Notable Wildcat victories so far this season include NC State, and West Virginia. However, the Wildcats have also struggled against ranked opponents - losing to then No. 12 Oklahoma by four and then No. 13 Purdue by 18.
This will be the 104th meeting between the two programs dating back to 1909. The Blue Devils own an 86-17 all-time lead in the series and have won 21 straight games including last year's 79-73 decision in Charlotte. In that game Duke place five players in double figures led by Gerald Henderson's 21 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Singler added 14 points and 12 boards in the win. Star guard Stephen Curry scored 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting. In that game the Wildcats rallied from 16 down to close within five with 2:37 remaining before Duke held on for the final stretch.
Both teams are expected to be at full strength for Wednesday night's game
International Interest For Wildcats:
This season the Davidson roster features six players with International origins - this is tied with Hawaii for the most in the country. Max Paulhus Gosselin and Will Archambault are from Quebec, Canada. Can Civi is from Turkey, and Ben Allison is from England. Andrew Lovedale and Frank Ben-Eze were both born in Nigeria.
Make Sure To Lookout For...
Junior guard Stephen Curry who has made the transition to point guard this year, is a 2008 Wooden Award All-American and has been named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List. A notable game earlier this season saw Curry held scoreless against Loyola (Md.) when the Greyhounds double-teamed Curry the entire game. That gimmick defense ended some notable streaks for Curry including 9 straight games with 25 or more points; 11 straight games with 20 or more points; 69 straight games with double figures; and 75 straight games with a three pointer.
For the season Curry is averaging more than 29 points per contest, but doing so on 22 shot per contest. For the year he is shooting 37.5% from the perimeter and 44.7% from the field.
The only other Wildcat to average in double figures is senior forward Andrew Lovedale, who has been named as one of the final 30 for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. A native of Nigeria, Lovedale has a pair of 20 poot games this season (Loyola and Winthrop) and has recorded double-figure rebounds five times including a season high 18 against Chattanooga.
The Blue Devils will look to limit Curry on offense. The defensive assignment will rotate between Nolan Smith, Gerald Henderson, and possibly David McClure. Curry will no doubt get his looks and he'll probably make a fair amount of those - even the highly contested ones. Still, Duke should be able to exploit matchup advantages in the post and on the wing. Look for the Blue Devils to jump on Davidson early and maintain a working margin throughout the game. The Wildcat offense working off of backdoor cuts and the brilliance of Curry could make it interesting, but in the end Duke will have too much for Davidson.