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2 seed Georgetown leads Davidson 46-29 with 17:52 left. But we fought back and ended up winning the game.”. “If we wanted to be the best, we had to play against the best. But we didn’t change anything, kept all our controlled freedom, as Coach McKillop called it, and as the game went along, our confidence got larger and larger.”. WIS (3) 56: Final: DAV (10) 73 NOVA (12) 57: Final: KU (1) 72 MSU (5) 74: Final: MEM (1) 92 TEX (2) 82: Final: STAN (3) 62 via Sports Logos.net. Curry that day on the feeling that anything he put up was going in: “I try to have that feeling every time I shoot to ball. Davidson was awarded the 10th seed in the 2008 tournament and was expected to lose—another mid-major school that was supposed to be content with just making the NCAA tournament… First round, No. Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half and little Davidson upset mighty Georgetown 74-70 on Sunday to reach the NCAA tournament's round of 16. He sank a three-pointer 20 seconds into the second half, then flipped in a lefty playground shot while being fouled moments later. It changed the life of the coaching staff and all the players who were part of that roster. A week later, Kansas was national champion. Like the rest of us, he watches Curry closely. In the Elite Eight, the baby-faced, rail-thin sophomore and his liberal-arts–school teammates took on No. “I certainly don’t have any desire to go back and look at some of that footage that might make me second guess.”. The 2008–09 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team represented Davidson College in … He still replays that final play in his mind, wondering if they should’ve run a different offensive set—a play where he had the ball in his hands and Curry ran off screens to try and find an open look. Very few expected Davidson to climb up the brackets and have a shot at the Final Four, but it's a fact, although the odds makers are skeptical for Davidson's future in the March Madness Tournament. While Davidson was the main story in the Elite 8, North Carolina and UCLA advanced to the Final Four. Kansas answered back for a 59-53 lead with 1:15 to go, but a four-point Davidson possession – free throw, Jayhawks losing the rebound of a second missed free throw out of bounds, Curry 3-pointer – cut it to 59-57. Davidson 82, Gonzaga 76. Undaunted, he kept on firing. In the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Stephen Curry carried his Davidson Wildcats into the Sweet 16 over the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas. When the Wildcats lost by one point at North Carolina State on Dec. 21, they were 4-6. “I’m aging rapidly because of Steph.”. And he can’t off a last shot. Close. He is so old he covered Bob Knight when he had dark hair and basketball shorts were actually short.The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions. Curry was averaging 26 points a game. He remains friends with his former backcourt partner, even staying with him in northern California during the NBA playoffs. That was the 2008 season Calipari and Memphis nearly won the national championship. “From my angle it looked like it was going in.”, It didn’t even draw iron, bouncing off the backboard as the buzzer sounded. “I think about it a lot, especially at this time of year,” he says. Richards has to, from the next zip code. I was playing by the numbers, doing what I thought was right.”. Kansas missed on the other end, giving Davidson a shot at the immense upset. It was just the kind of chaotic situation Curry thrives on in Golden State. “People around the basketball world knew how good Steph was, but that put him on the map, because everyone watches the NCAA Tournament. Thursday, it’ll be Kentucky having to deal with them, and would now be a good time for John Calipari to tell his guys about 10 years ago? Though Curry averaged 26 points per game and was a second-team All-American, he wasn’t yet a basketball folk hero. The Wildcats blow them away with a 37-20 second half to win 73-56. Wisconsin vs. Davidson Box Score, March 28, 2008. But Chalmers, who would take and make a pretty big shot himself eight days later, alertly switched on to Curry, denying him an opening. “I was confident,” Richards says. Stephen Curry leads No. Mike Lopresti is a member of the US Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, Ball State journalism Hall of Fame and Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. No. We were on TV, we were in the paper. Curry and Davidson took out their frustrations on the tiny schools in the Southern Conference, winning all 18 regular-season games and sweeping through the conference tournament. Second round, No. The Wildcats, a No. “We would have had another shot at Carolina, which we had lost to by four to begin the season,” Richards said. The Wildcats then took out Georgetown, and a week later they beat Wisconsin. Once again he went bananas after halftime, scoring 25 of his 30 points while leading a furious rally. I did see the play when (Mario) Chalmers hit his shot (to save Kansas in the title game with Memphis), but I stayed away from TV.”. “We never felt we dug ourselves too big of a hole,” Richards says. That’s what kind of the whole season was, a build-up to March.”. The 2008 NCAA tournament was the eighth NCAA tournament with a 65-team bracket, prior to the introduction of the 68-team bracket that featured the First Four in 2011. Richards would graduate that spring. The Wildcats blow by for an 82-76 win, with 40 points from Curry, 30 in the second half. Following the first regional final game, on Sunday is the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament final between Davidson and Kansas. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. It was more about the run as a team, than that one specific play.”. After a Kansas miss, the Wildcats had 17 seconds left, and one last chance. “So it was something that didn’t wait for March, but March was sort of an exclamation point for what was going on.”, MORE: First televised college basketball game featured Pitt and Fordham in February 1940. “I was a dual threat,” he says. “One thing I do remember is we weren’t nervous,” Richards said. A tiny school, oozing with charm, started cutting down one giant after another in the NCAA Tournament, as the bandwagon filled every seat. But there was something else going on that spring. And then Curry got hot. 7 seed Gonzaga leads No. MORE: Photos from Davidson's 2008 NCAA Tournament run. The irony was that Jason Richards, the Wildcats’ senior point guard, earned his reputation by passing the ball to Curry: He led the nation in assists in 2007-2008, setting up his running mate for countless layups and open jumpers. But before he was Steph Curry, he led Davidson to a first-round upset of Gonzaga in the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Davidson had the ball, down two, with less than 20 seconds to go. Stephen Curry and Jason Richards of Davidson during the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, March 21, 2008 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. “It changed my life,” McKillop said. We felt as if we had emptied our tank. Jason was fatigued, so I took him out. I remember when we were sitting there -- I think we were 4-6 at the time -- thinking to ourselves, we can’t let this get us down. He had no choice but to pass the ball. “He was put on the national stage because of the competition he had,” McKillop said. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Davidson opened the NCAA Tournament against the school that defines mid-major basketball prowess: Gonzaga. davidson’s 2008 ncaa tournament run Davidson closed a 1-point favorite in the first round in nearby Raleigh, NC. Seven years later, Curry was in his first NBA Finals, beating the superstar who stood and cheered for him that night in Ford Field. Wide left. He’d averaged 13 points and 1.6 threes per game on the season, and in the tourney he’d scored 53 points to go with his 36 assists. The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is an annual single-elimination tournament featuring 65 teams representing all Division I Conferences in the nation. The Wildcats nearly made the Final Four, but lost to the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks 59-57. Now he’s director of basketball operations at Pittsburgh. “We always worked on special situations like that in practice, and attention to detail was key to our success,” Richards notes, “so Andrew’s rebound and kick-out to Steph was just second nature for him and us.” Curry had begun to retreat back on defense, but raced to the three-point line when he saw his team still had the ball. Kansas rotated four defenders on Curry, which wore him down and caused him to miss 16 of his 25 shots and go a woeful 4-for-16 from three-point range. 10 Davidson by 10 points in the second half in Raleigh. It’s only going to prepare us for what we wanted to do in March. “They had to fly across the country and play us in our backyard.” But the Zags showed no signs of jet lag, holding Curry to 10 points while opening a five-point halftime lead. Davidson was down six points in the second half with the Jayhawks seemingly taking charge, when a reserve named Bryant Barr came off the bench and hit three 3-pointers in two minutes. “America had heard about him, now they know about him!” exclaimed Jim Nantz at the buzzer. “It all started when his defender tripped and Kansas was kind of in a scramble and running around,” Richards said. NCAA.com broke down the all-time leading scorers for each one. I welcome it when I’m asked about it, but not that many people remember my shot, fortunately. CBSSports.com is your college basketball scores and news source. “It was chaos at the time, so Steph dumped it to me.”. Stay up to date with the latest in college basketball recruiting news. Especially working in college basketball this time of year, it obviously brings back memories, but I don’t sit back here and think what if, because I’d drive myself crazy. 2008 NCAA Tournament Results for Round 1: Midwest Regional: #1 Kansas eliminated #16 Portland State 85-61 #2 Georgetown eliminated #15 UMBC 66-47 #3 Wisconsin eliminated #14 Cal State Fullerton 71-56 #4 Vanderbilt was upset by #13 Siena 83-62 #5 Clemson was upset by #12 Villanova 75-69 #6 Southern Cal was upset by #11 Kansas State 80-67 #7 Gonzaga was upset by #10 Davidson 82-76 #8 … That’s why we were in the positon we were, the last 10 seconds of the clock, down two.”. “I kept my head down, did my job,” he said. Davidson lost them all, but only by an average of six points per game. NCAA college basketball coverage at CBSSports.com. Social media wasn’t a big thing. The first and second round games were pl… They did not lose again in the regular season. “It still is a very vibrant, very vivid, exhilarating memory that touches everyone in the Davidson community. Game Thread. 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We thought we had a chance to beat them, just like we did any other team in that tournament. The 2008 NCAA Tournament is being seen as a tournament where the nation's top teams are just too good to lose to the lesser ranked teams. on the basketball staff at the University of Pittsburgh. Stephen Curry led 10-seed Davidson to the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA tournament after scoring 40 points against Gonzaga, 30 against Georgetown, 33 against Wisconsin and 25 against Kansas. 11 years ago today, Stephen Curry put the nation on notice vs. Gonzaga. With the Wildcats down by five inside the final minute, Richards found Curry on an inbounds pass. “We ran the same play we ran against Georgetown a lot, a high ball screen with Steph having the ball up top,” Richards says. Davidson’s program has stayed solid, but the Wildcats have not won an NCAA Tournament game since. !” yelped CBS’ Billy Packer. It was an open look. March 21, 2008: Stephen Curry scores 40 points against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament The son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry, Steph wasn’t a five-star recruit in high school. Georgetown wasn’t UNC–Greensboro. 2008 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Teams . He would be after March 2008. Curry missed 10 of his first 12 shots against the Hoyas, but he never stopped running defenders around and through a myriad of screens. As the seconds drained away, CBS play-by-play man Gus Johnson shouted that Curry “may not give this up.” But as Richards rotated out past the three-point line to help his teammate, Kansas’ Sherron Collins left him and and got in Curry’s face. He still thinks the Davidson mania helped him get a shot at the NBA, though a series of knee injuries killed that chance. Curry hits 33, is picking up legions of new fans, including the familiar face applauding from his courtside seat. NCAA Tournament. The best shooter in the history of basketball deferred to a guy who never played in the NBA. Rugged guard Michael Flowers was the supposed “Curry stopper,” but Steph lit the Badgers up for 33 more points in a 73-56 rout. We became the darlings of that year, with Steph being our guy, our leader. “We didn’t think we were outmatched. Richards was signed by the Miami Heat, but his pro dreams died when he tore his left ACL three times in the span of a year. Not just the basketball players at that time, but basketball players from every generation, alums from every generation, community people from every generation.”, MORE: Xavier basketball approaching history as first-ever Big East title is within reach vs. Providence. Steph vs. the world. Curry that day: “It hurts a lot to get so far, be this close to the Final Four.”, MORE: Naismith Award 10 semifinalists announced |. The Selection Committeeseeded the entire field from 1 to 65 within four regionals of 16 teams; Mount St. Mary's, as the winner of the play-in game, automatically received a 16 seed. NCAA Tournament The first two rounds of the 2008 NCAA College Basketball Tournament underscored simply how a long way parity has come within the men’s opposition as as a minimum 1 essential upset befell every 6 games (8 important upsets and 3 minor upsets in forty eight games). Richards was the picture of agony, falling on to his back as the Jayhawks celebrated around him. PNC Arena (Raleigh, North Carolina) - Neutral Site. All rights reserved. He released the three-pointer with 1:05 to play, and it was so pure it barely moved the net. I can only imagine what it would be like if we had social media back then.”. He contributed 20 points against Georgetown, 13 assists against Wisconsin. Steph totally won them over.” (Surely some of them wondered why the Charlotte native wasn’t wearing Carolina blue, as Curry famously wasn’t recruited by any of the Tobacco Road powers. Davidson had endured a shaky start that season, as McKillop loaded up the non-conference schedule. And when the Wildcats hit the Sweet 16, the school offered free bus transportation and ticket to any student who wanted to go to Detroit. But junior forward Andrew Lovedale, born in Nigeria and raised in England, chased down the offensive rebound. Another Curry three, his fifth of the game, put Georgetown away. “It changed the life of Davidson basketball. It had worked against Georgetown. Still, he has one second guess, and it’s not the final play. The Wildcat sophomore making a lot of the magic was named Stephen Curry. “Kansas was big at every position,” Richards says, “especially guard. Ten years later, McKillop has no regrets, or thoughts of what might have been. Not his time. While Curry was getting the big headlines, Richards was having a big month himself. ), The Midwest regional was held at Detroit’s Ford Field, and Davidson chartered buses to transport seemingly the entire student body and faculty to the Motor City, an 11-hour drive. Posted by /r/CollegeBasketball. The Jayhawks were the top seed in the region, led by future pros Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, and Darrell Arthur, but the game was tight throughout. [Game Thread] 2008 NCAA Tournament - #7 Gonzaga vs. #10 Davidson - 12:05 PM ET. A tiny school, oozing with charm, started cutting down one giant after another in the NCAA Tournament, as the bandwagon filled every seat. Ordinarily that would be great news for Curry. “I wasn’t worried about him,” Richards says. Too bad, Davidson’s fairy tale couldn’t have lasted one week longer – as it did two years earlier for George Mason, as it would two years later for Butler. Post-Season NCAA Tournament. © 2020 NCAA | Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. But Curry didn’t shoot. “We had played UCLA. “There was no Twitter really, there was no Instagram, there was no Snapchat. You’ve run out of free articles. We were in a similar situation against UNC–Greensboro earlier in the year when our perfect conference record was on the line. If Curry, who’d scored 128 points in the tournament to that point, could sink a three-pointer, then Davidson—Davidson!—would beat the mighty Jayhawks. About logos. “We were shocked,” Richards says. March Madness: 31 questions for college basketball’s best month, “Taking Jason Richards out with 7:42 to go in the game and a seven-point lead. But they have a chance to change that Thursday. And one other thing about Davidson of 10 years ago. “I don’t know how they got everyone there, much less found hotel rooms for them all.”, Wisconsin, the three seed, led the nation in scoring defense and seemed up to the challenge of ending Davidson’s dream. That sounds ancient, but people started getting noticed because we were everywhere. 2008 NCAA Tournament. Elite Eight, and the long, glorious ride finally ends against No. But the legacy of 2008 was there for good. Ten years later, the images of that March still warm Davidson. Complete NCAA Tournament history for the Davidson Wildcats. March 21, 2008. The only team in the Final Four we hadn’t played was Memphis. Davidson drew a … In short order, Curry converted a four-point play, hit another three, and dished out a perfect pass to Lovedale for a layup. 40 PTS 14-22 FG 8 … He had led the nation in assists that season, as Robin to Curry’s Batman. By then, Davidson was the perfect Cinderella story. Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners. Richards, who’s now on the basketball staff at the University of Pittsburgh, told me that a brutal non-conference schedule helped set that Davidson team on the path to NCAA glory. Obviously I missed it, but I would take it again if I had the opportunity. 7 seed Bulldogs from Spokane, Washington. They’re back. The odds are against them, but they've been there before. His career ended with an NIT second round loss at Saint Mary’s. “We came two points away from the Final Four with a 1,700-student school in the Southern Conference.”. “He got doubled teamed and flipped the ball back to me with one second left. The player who hoisted that potential game-winner was far from a scrub. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. That was thanks in large part to the tournament committee, which placed Davidson in Raleigh, North Carolina, roughly 150 miles from the school’s campus. In March 2008, Stephen Curry and Davidson College—total undergraduate population: 1,674—beat Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Davidson defeats Gonzaga, 82-76, in NCAA Tournament; Live Blog: Davidson 82 Gonzaga 76; Davidson pre-game NCAA Tournament; Pictures from Thursday's Practice; Media Day at NCAA Tournament; NCAA Tournament Live Blog: Davidson vs. Gonzaga; EA Sports simulates Davidson to make Elite Eight trip; 2008 NCAA Tournament Upsets; No Pressure That guard was Steph Curry, an eventual three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP. The play was to be a high screen to get Curry some space to shoot. It was the kind of feel-good underdog story that puts the heart into March. Here are some of the best fathers and sons in the history of college basketball, including Glenn Robinson II and III, the Curry family and Marques and Kris Johnson. 10 seed in the Midwest Region. Stephen Curry and Jason Richards of Davidson during the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, March 21, 2008 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a sophomore at Davidson in 2007-08, Curry lit up college basketball, averaging 25.9 points and hitting 4.5 three-pointers a night before taking his game to another level in March Madness. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. Glory can be fleeting. “When the Cavs came to Charlotte to play the Bobcats a few weeks later, the greatest player in the world—after Steph, that is!—invited all of us to be his guests.”, One obstacle remained between Davidson and the Final Four, but it was formidable. North Carolina, Duke, UCLA. The 2008 NCAA Tournament proved to be one of the most thrilling in NCAA Tournament history and the 2008 Sweet 16 included three double-digit seeds in Davidson, Villanova and Western Kentucky. The 2008 NCAA tournament was the first time that all four No. Curry was back at Davidson the next season and led the nation in scoring, but the Wildcats could not recapture the same electricity. LeBron James. Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. Davidson went on to win 82-76. But here they were with a compelling star, a fearless confidence, an affable coach, and a lovable story. We had it for those two successive weekends.”, But he hasn’t watched the Kansas game. 19 Richmond predicted, LSU stuns No. There are currently 32 conferences in Division I men's basketball. Curry that night: “It’s pretty cool to give him something to be happy about and cheer about, and just entertain him.”. Curry finished with 40 points, 30 of them in that mind-blowing second half. The Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 53 points a game. 10 Davidson vs No. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. The Wildcats had not won an NCAA Tournament game in 39 years. And you'll never see this message again. The Bulldogs extended their zone almost to half-court to deny Curry the ball, and Quebecois guard Max Paulhus Gosselin—MPG to his teammates—missed a rushed jumper. The Hoyas appeared to be too much for Davidson, taking a 17-point lead in the second half. NCAA Tournament Scores — Mar 28, 2008. He has covered college basketball for 43 years, including 39 Final Fours. I didn’t watch any of the games. All top-10 teams on the docket. March Madness predictions: Here's how your bracket will do if you only pick the better-seeded team. So the fact Steph took the nation by storm, it was newspaper articles, people texting, people calling and leaving voice messages, sending emails. You can cancel anytime. 3/24/2008 1 Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. Five minutes later, Curry had brought his team all the way back, pouring in his now-trademark array of high-arcing rainbows from deep and twisting layups in the paint. He stepped back to create space and drilled a three, giving him 25 points and cutting the lead to 59-57. He scores 25, but has to shoot 9-for-25 to get them. Curry that day: “I don’t want to get caught up in this-is-a-big-atmosphere, and people-are-watching kind of mindset.”. Curry hinted at the future with his early games against the bluebloods; 24 points in a four-point loss to North Carolina, 20 in a six-point defeat by Duke. “In 2008, when you think about it, Facebook had just started,” Richards said. And one other thing about Davidson of 10 years ago. But that’s life—you ask that question about a lot of things, not just basketball. Curry goes for 30. “He’s the reason I bought League Pass and stay up until 1:30 a.m.,” he says. 10 seed in the Midwest region, were actually favored against the No. You don’t want to shoot not to miss, you want to shoot to make it.”. Yeah, it was deep. “UNC played in the game after us, and all their fans were chanting for us. 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