Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Davidson on track for postseason bid ...

Davidson coach Bob McKillop bristled when an out-of-town reporter on Tuesday mentioned the Wildcats getting ready for the postseason.
"Postseason?" McKillop said, raising his voice an octave, much like former Colts coach Jim Mora. "We still have seven (regular-season) games left. It’s way too early to even think about that."

However, the Wildcats are in good shape to make their third straight postseason trip. Davidson made the NIT in 2005 and the NCAA Tournament in 2006, and is making a strong case for some kind of bid this season. The Wildcats (19-4) will clinch at least an NIT bid by winning the Southern Conference regular season (Davidson leads with a 10-1 record), and should get in regardless based on its record.

Davidson should be favored in at least six of its last seven games. While a 25-5 regular season record probably wouldn’t get the Wildcats an at-large NCAA bid (Davidson’s RPI is 66, and the Wildcats are 1-4 against the RPI top 100), it would be hard for the NIT to pass them up.

-- Kevin Cary


Anonymous said...

How about Appalachian State? They beat Davidson and are only a game behind them for 1st. You take away a late heart breaker to UNCG and a 15 point lead collapse to Elon, and they are in 1st.