Monday, March 17, 2008

McKillop feels the love from fans, committee

Before Davidson learned its place in the NCAA Tournament Sunday night, Davidson coach Bob McKillop addressed Davidson fans and mentioned a song that made him think of the occasion.

"It's from 'The Lion King,'" McKillop said, as a few in the crowd chuckled. "It's called, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight', and that's how I feel right now."

McKillop was referencing the large fan support that came for the selection show and throughout the season, but Davidson's fans must feel some love from the NCAA tournament committee now.

Davidson hasn't won a tournament game since 1969, but even CBS sports commentator Clark Kellogg said the Wildcats could make the Sweet 16 this season after seeing Davidson's matchups.

The Wildcats get a home-court advantage against Gonzaga, which will be playing a game that is like a 9:25 a.m. start for the Zags because of the time difference. Gonzaga does shoot almost 49 percent as a team, but also can be prone to turnovers.

If Davidson wins that - the Wildcats are a two-point favorite - Davidson would likely get Georgetown Sunday.

Georgetown features 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert, but Davidson has been effective against big men this season, including North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and UCLA's Kevin Love. Georgetown is strong against the perimeter, holding teams to 30 percent shooting, and the Hoyas' depth could be trouble for Davidson.

-- Kevin Cary


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Anonymous said...

Quick, name 1 quality win for Davidson in the past 2 years...ok anything in the RPI top 100?

Anonymous said...

Niners fans? How's the golf game?

Anonymous said...

Davidson fans don't care if the team is overrated or not. Bob McKillop was right. We love his team, and if they lose to Gonzaga we will still love his team. They are terrific young men who have their heads on straight and who can play basketball with anybody.

Anonymous said...

I think I might spend all morning re-reading these comments.

They really make my day.