As a senior, Curry hoped to get a Division 1 scholarship to continue his career and showcase his phenomenal shooting ability. The official 2008-09 Men's Basketball schedule for the Davidson College Wildcats. A "play-in" game determined which of the two lowest seeds would play in the first round of 64 against a top seed team. Curry finished the game with 33 points, leading the Wildcats to a 73-56 victory. Dell and Sonia were there. Richards: With this quarantine that’s going on, I actually popped in a couple of the old tapes a while ago just to kind of buy some time because there’s not much going on. They had Patrick Ewing’s son and Roy Hibbert, who was a first-round pick, and a host of other outstanding players. There are currently 32 conferences in Division I men's basketball. Richards would graduate that spring. I think Steph had been going back on defense because he thought they would get the rebound, not realizing Andrew could actually get that board. Curry that day: “It hurts a lot to get so far, be this close to the Final Four.”, MORE: Naismith Award 10 semifinalists announced |. And one other thing about Davidson of 10 years ago. PNC Arena (Raleigh, North Carolina) - Neutral Site. Wide left. Coach McKillop: Now we’re in the memory bank, and we’re saying we’re even with Wisconsin; we were down double digits against Gonzaga. Davidson. Those games were in Charlotte, the Duke and North Carolina games, and we were in both for the duration. I kind of watched those games almost as just a fan. It was an open look. Having the crowd behind us at Ford field, it was just an incredible feeling to be there and see it all happening. That’s something that you don’t see every day as a freshman coming in at the collegiate level. He contributed 20 points against Georgetown, 13 assists against Wisconsin. We knew the only way to compete with them was just to play our game stick, to our principles. Brendan McKillop: One thing I tell people about Steph is that he’s one of the most humble superstars I’ve ever crossed paths with. Then Bleacher Report senior writer Howard Beck joins … The 2008–09 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team represented Davidson College in … Coach McKillop and coach Fox zeroed in on Steph as their top recruit. Davidson basketball scores, news, schedule, players, stats, photos, rumors, depth charts on RealGM.com The Wildcats made it to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, where Steph’s All-Word performance introduced him to the world. 1 seed Kansas, 59-57, with the Jayhawks desperately holding on at the end, double-teaming Curry the last possession. In 2008, Davidson defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Georgetown Hoyas, and Wisconsin Badgers to advance to the Elite Eight. But everyone had a part in winning those games, which was just incredible. He had led the nation in assists that season, as Robin to Curry’s Batman. Note: Insider gets you ready for the NCAA Tournament with complete scouting reports on all 65 teams and in-depth bracket analysis to help you project the field all the way to San Antonio. Entirety of 2021 women's tournament to take place in one location, West Virginia climbs in new Power 36 rankings. Coach Fox: a lot of people thought Davidson has no shot of winning those games. We kind of pressured them just to where we just tried to get the ball out of their point guard’s hands. UNC (1) 108: Final: ARK (9) 77 TENN (2) 76: Final: BUT (7) 71: OT GTWN (2) 70: Final: DAV (10) 74 OKLA (6) 48: Final: LOU (3) 78 MSST (8) 74: Final: MEM (1) 77 Championships: 0. North Carolina, Duke, UCLA. Against Gonzaga, we were down. LeBron James. That is demoralizing, that eats at you a little bit, they start getting tighter. The Wildcats had not won an NCAA Tournament game in 39 years. They were a lot taller than us at every position. After a Kansas miss, the Wildcats had 17 seconds left, and one last chance. Curry that night: “It’s pretty cool to give him something to be happy about and cheer about, and just entertain him.”. NCAA Tournament Scores — Mar 23, 2008. He got us in the huddle and just kind of said, “hey, just smile, have fun, because that’s what it’s all about.” I think he kind of lifted a weight off our shoulders at that point to where we started to chip away possession after possession. And we go out on the first play, and I’ll never forget this. Coach called a timeout when we’re down 17. The Wildcats charged ahead 49-45. As a coach, you’re fortunate to have that for one game. The Jayhawks, free of Davidson at last, jumped into each other’s arms, and soon after headed for San Antonio for the Final Four. “One thing I do remember is we weren’t nervous,” Richards said. Brendan McKillop: I think for anyone to project for him to have the success he’s had, I don’t think that would be possible. TEAM BESTS. And he had a business-like work ethic, bring my hard hat and lunch pail to workouts, individuals, to practice every day. Even as good as Wisconsin was defensively, we were able to get the shots that we want to get on offense, which is just a kind of soothing feeling, and that is that when we were writing our plays, we’re getting the ball where we wanted to. The only team in the Final Four we hadn’t played was Memphis. Coach Fox: Georgetown presented a lot of different challenges. That guard was Steph Curry, an eventual three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP. And out of the blue, he gets up, maybe halfway through our presentation, and says, “I want to come to Davidson.” Matt and I drove home, and it was as if we didn’t need our car. Richards: His freshman, my junior year, we went to coach Coach McKillop and said, ‘you know, we want to play a tough schedule. Richards: From Davidson to where he is now, I’d be lying to you If I said we all thought this was going to happen. I had the experience of going to an alumni luncheon in Charlotte, maybe in October, and boldly proclaim that Steph Curry was going to be one of the greats ever to play basketball at Davidson. He’s just on another level in there. That sounds ancient, but people started getting noticed because we were everywhere. They had Doc Rivers’ son. We use the pressure and that kind of invited them into shooting quick 3s. He hit the go-ahead bucket with 1:04 to go, on a play coach McKillop remembers fondly. In both games, we played our best basketball in the second half, and we’re going to be okay. “It still is a very vibrant, very vivid, exhilarating memory that touches everyone in the Davidson community. Davidson’s program has stayed solid, but the Wildcats have not won an NCAA Tournament game since. Win-Loss: 8-15. This is an oral history of the lead up to Curry’s explosion and the remarkable run Davidson went on in March of 2008. Shoot a quick-3, we would come down, and Steph would make one from deep. 'March Means More': Remembering Stephen Curry's 2008 NCAA Tournament Run Thomas Duffy @ @TJDhoops. UNC Greensboro took the Southern title and the NCAA tournament berth in 2018, 62-47. Post-Season NCAA Tournament. Glory can be fleeting. That was the overall goal as a team. … So it just kind of worked out in their favor. The way that that run happened, we’re even a couple of minutes into the second half. As a point guard, you got to have a feel for who you need to get the ball to, and obviously, Steph started to get it rolling. They’re going to go on their run, we’re going to go on our run, but no matter what, we can’t let the deficit kind of derail us from the way we play Davidson basketball. He still thinks the Davidson mania helped him get a shot at the NBA, though a series of knee injuries killed that chance. 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.”. The Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 53 points a game. When your best player works the hardest and exudes that kind of confidence. His game took a big leap, and I think that’s a lot of people have to understand is in the summertime, that’s when you make your progress as a player, and Steph made a huge jump. 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? “There was no Twitter really, there was no Instagram, there was no Snapchat. So the fact Steph took the nation by storm, it was newspaper articles, people texting, people calling and leaving voice messages, sending emails. 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. Coach always called it to grab the golden ring and win a big game like those ones. 3 Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2008 (Midwest Region). An oral history of Steph Curry’s historic run at the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Draymond Green and James Wiseman are back at practice. Coach McKillop: My regret on that situation was that I did not remind our guys that if they overplayed, to go back door. 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. Sherron Collins missed on a 3-point attempt during Kansas’ next possession, setting up a wild final possession for the Wildcats. It’s hard to really describe how it felt. 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 here they were with a compelling star, a fearless confidence, an affable coach, and a lovable story. The Wildcats nearly made the Final Four, but lost to the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks 59-57. But, with the honor and the integrity that the Curry family always has, they wanted none of that. Curry that day: “I don’t want to get caught up in this-is-a-big-atmosphere, and people-are-watching kind of mindset.”. I think for them, it was probably very deflating. “In 2008, when you think about it, Facebook had just started,” Richards said. And, you know, he really never wavered on that commitment. Brendan McKillop: After beating Gonzaga, beating Georgetown and beating Wisconsin, we were like, “man, we can beat these guys.” Watching Kansas film, and just kind of being in awe of their size and athleticism. The Wildcats weren’t dead yet. 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