Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Davidson needs help for Curry

Davidson faces Duke Saturday at noon at Charlotte Bobcats Arena, and the Wildcats haven't beaten a ranked opponent under coach Bob McKillop. That drought can end Saturday, but the Wildcats need more than just Stephen Curry to play well to win. Curry had 38 of the Wildcats' 71 points in Monday's win against Appalachian State, but three teammates could play a pivotal role Saturday.

Jason Richards: The Davidson point guard was the only Wildcat starter to play well in Davidson's 75-47 loss to Duke last season, scoring 17 points. He's among the national leaders in assists this season, but is coming off a 1-for-9 night against Appalachian State. He'll likely play at least 38 minutes Saturday, and must handle constant Duke pressure.

Boris Meno: Meno had a dreadful game against Duke last season, making 1-of-6 shots and having four turnovers in 13 minutes, but he's the only Wildcat with enough athletic ability to be a consistent inside scorer against the Blue Devils. He also might get matched up with freshman Kyle Singler, so he could also be a key player defensively.

Will Archambault: The sophomore has been cold from outside all season, making just 3-of-21 3-point attempts, but Davidson needs him to find his shot Saturday. Archambault, at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, might allow Davidson to match up with Duke in a small lineup. Richards and Curry are the only other two Wildcats who can score off the dribble, but if Archambault stays cold that will mean more minutes for guard Bryant Barr. Barr is a good shooter, but he will struggle to get open looks against the Blue Devils' aggressive man-to-man defense.

-- Kevin Cary


Dukefan said...

I have a hard time believing that Davidson can compete with Duke without any kind of size advantage. Duke has, if not the deepest, one of the deepest backcourts in America. On any given night Paulus, King, Scheyer, Henderson, Singler, Nelson, or even Pocius could light it up from outside. That's a formidable task to defend.

DrFrankLives said...

well, there you go, in his own words, the arrogance and complete ignorance of "dukefan"

6 points.

we missed 6 foul shots and a dunk.

That game should have been ours.