Monday, March 11, 2013

SoCon Tournament Central: Davidson 74, College of Charleston 55

Davidson is going to the NCAA Tournament. College of Charleston is going to the CAA.

Davidson has now won the most consecutive games in the entire country. De'Mon Brooks was a beast, and Jake Cohen was very good, despite only playing 19  minutes and picking up four fouls. JP Kuhlman, who has really been the forgotten man for much of the year, scored 14 points and shot 6 of 7 from the field. In a lot of ways, it was his performance that lead the way to the Wildcats win. He made two of three from long range.

Andrew Lawrence was very good for the Cougars, scoring 19 points, including shooting 8 of 9 from the free throw line. He was very good in this one, and made a real effort to carry the Cougars all the way to the SoCon Tournament Championship.

The Cougars trip to the CAA will be interesting. Will they be competitive next year? Without Lawrence, will the Cougars win the CAA? Who knows at this point?

Will Davidson be able to win a game or two in the NCAA Tournament or will they be beaten in the first round again, like they were last year? That's tough to predict at this stage in the game. We don't know their seed or their first round opponent. I think a 12 or 13 seed is in order for the Wildcats, which means a decent first round opponent, but not an unbeatable one. Davidson will have their opportunities against whoever they play.

In the mean time, De'Mon Brooks showed why he is such a good player, and Davidson showed why they have dominated the SoCon this year. After another tremendous year from the Wildcats, we should have expected no less. Turns out, yesterday's semifinal nailbiter was just a mirage. We'll see these Wildcats again in about a week and a a half.

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