Sunday, February 18, 2007

Thoughts from WCU-Davidson game

Here are some quick observations and pictures from Davidson's romp over Western Carolina in league play.

-These Wildcats could very well be some of the most prolific scorers at Davidson in a long time. Stephen Curry scored 25 points, hit 5 threes and now holds the record for most three-pointers in a game. But even beyond Curry, the Wildcats had a total of four players score in double figures, they hit 16 shots from the beyond the arc, and they cracked 90 points for the seventh time this season. These guys can really score.

-Bryant Barr likes to shoot. The freshman came in for 10 minutes in the second half and jacked nine field goal attempts, including six from behind the arc. Thankfully, Barr hit three of those shots to finish with seven points.

-Be glad that Davidson isn't worrying about average road attendance. The official attendance was marked at over 1,000 but most of those were people who worked at the stadium in the concession stand or at the media bench. Western Carolina did try to motivate their small fanbase by throwing out shirts after every three-pointer and by having a grand dance show on the floor immediately after the game. Although nearly everyone had left by that point, I think that Kilgo probably enjoyed the post-game festivities.

-Davidson seems to have gotten much better with their "mittens." Throughout nearly all of last year and some of this year, the Wildcats have had trouble securing loose balls and rebounds. It almost seems as if they had slippery mittens on their hand which made the ball just bounce away. I felt like our forwards really secured the ball well on a number of occasions despite the pressure that WCU constantly applied to getting rebounds (they always knew there would be a rebound since the Catamounts only shot 1-15 from 3-point range in the first half).

-Davidson really seems to be peaking at the right time. At this point last year, the Wildcats were struggling on the road against teams like Wofford, The Citadel and Georgia Southern. This year it looks like they are really gaining confidence in their offensive system and don't get frustrated when teams put on the pressure. Hopefully this will bode as a sign for things to come in Charleston for the tourney.

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