Davidson Wildcats men's basketball

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Davidson Wildcats
2014–15 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team
Davidson Wildcats athletic logo
University Davidson College
Conference A-10
Location Davidson, NC
Head coach Bob McKillop (26th year)
Arena John M. Belk Arena
(Capacity: 5,223)
Nickname Wildcats
Colors

Red, White, and Black

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1968, 1969, 2008
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1966, 1968, 1969, 2008
NCAA Tournament appearances
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
Conference tournament champions
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
Conference regular season champions
1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

The Davidson Wildcats basketball team is the basketball team that represents Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, in the NCAA Division I. The school's team currently competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2013. The Wildcats are currently coached by Bob McKillop. Davidson plays its home games at the Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex on the school's campus.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Wildcats have appeared in 12 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–13.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1966 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Rhode Island
Syracuse
Saint Joseph's
W 95–68
L 94–78
L 92–76
1968 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
St. John's
Columbia
North Carolina
W 79–70
W 61–59OT
L 70–66
1969 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Villanova
St. John's
North Carolina
W 75–61
W 79–69
L 87–85
1970 First Round St. Bonaventure L 85–72
1986 First Round Kentucky L 75–55
1998 First Round Michigan L 80–61
2002 First Round Ohio State L 69–64
2006 First Round Ohio State L 70–62
2007 First Round Maryland L 82–70
2008 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Gonzaga
Georgetown
Wisconsin
Kansas
W 82–76
W 74–70
W 73–56
L 59–57
2012 Second Round Louisville L 69–62
2013 Second Round Marquette L 59–58

2008 NCAA Tournament[edit]

In 2008, Davidson defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Georgetown Hoyas, and Wisconsin Badgers to advance to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats nearly made the Final Four, but lost to the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks 59–57. Prior to their Sweet Sixteen matchup, the college's board of trustees supplied students with tickets, transportation and lodging for the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games.[1] Following the tournament, the Wildcats earned a number 9 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today poll.[2] Much of this run was due to the play of guard Stephen Curry, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors.

NIT results[edit]

The Wildcats have appeared in six National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–6.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1972 First Round Syracuse L 81–77
1994 First Round West Virginia L 85–69
1996 First Round South Carolina L 100–73
2005 Opening Round
First Round
Second Round
VCU
SW Missouri State
Maryland
W 77–62
W 82–71
L 78–63
2009 First Round
Second Round
South Carolina
Saint Mary's
W 70–63
L 80–68
2014 First Round Missouri L 85–77

CBI results[edit]

The Wildcats have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational. Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2011 First Round
Quarterfinals
James Madison
Creighton
W 85–65
L 102–92

ESPN Basketball Ranking[edit]

In a system ranked by ESPN, Davidson was listed as the #44 Basketball Program[3] of the last 50 years (1962-2012) based on its on the court accomplishments during that period. (out of 309 Division I programs that qualified)

"Positives: Under Lefty Driesell, the Wildcats were a powerhouse in the 1960s, racking up seven 20-win seasons in an eight-year span. The ’64-65 team was AP preseason No. 4 and boasted future NBA No. 1 pick Fred Hetzel. Nine combined conference titles (Regular season & Conference Tournaments) since 2005."

Wildcats in the National Basketball Association and Euroleague[edit]

  • Jake Cohen (American/Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv; two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year)
  • Fred Hetzel 1st overall pick in 1965 NBA Draft (San Francisco Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Cincinnati Royals, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Rod Knowles (Phoenix Suns)
  • Mike Maloy (Virginia Squires (ABA), Dallas Chaparrals (ABA))
  • Dick Snyder (St. Louis Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Brandon Williams (Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Stephen Curry 7th overall pick in 2009 NBA Draft (Golden State Warriors)

Players in School Hall of Fame[edit]

  • John Belk ’43
  • George Cheek ’49
  • Whitlock Cobb ’50
  • Hollis Cobb ’56
  • Douglas Cook ’70
  • Charles Driesell
  • John Falconi '74
  • John Gerdy ’79
  • Fred Hetzel ’65
  • Terrance Holland ’64
  • William Jarman ’63
  • Rodney Knowles ’68
  • Gerald Kroll ’70
  • Thomas Peters ’45
  • George Peters ’47
  • Derek Rucker ’88
  • Richard Snyder ’66
  • Edmunds White ’47
  • Mike Williams ’49
  • Kenneth Wilson ’82
  • Stephen Curry '30

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