Saturday, March 29, 2008

DAVIDSON AND GOLIATH

Mr. Mason (as in George) meet Davidson. The Wildcats are one wildly improbable upset of top-seeded Kansas away from being the new George Mason.

The Wildcats Stephen Curry outscored Wisconsin 22-20 in the second half, and the amazing fairy tale that is Davidson now has a collision with the top-seeded Jayhawks on Sunday for a berth in Final Four.

Quick, call Cinderella, the stage coach is here.

Curry scored more than 30 points for a third straight game, and the 10th-seeded Wildcats dismantled third-seeded Wisconsin 73-56.

Evidently, little Davidson has gotten so big, even NBA Goliath LeBron James is on the bandwagon, snagging a seat a few rows behind the Wildcats’ bench.

Curry, the son of former NBA sharpshooter Hokie Dell Curry, outscored the Badgers all by himself in the second half, 22-20. He finished with 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including six 3-pointers.

Davidson (29-6) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 25. The Wildcats will try to make it 26 on Sunday when they play top-seeded Kansas for a trip to the Final Four. The Jayhawks beat Villanova 72-57.

This marked the second time in three tournaments that a double-digit seed got this far. In 2006, 11th-seeded George Mason reached the Final Four. It's the furthest Davidson has gotten since 1969, when Lefty Driesell's squad got to the East Regional before losing to North Carolina.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Davidson Wildcats is congratulated by his teammates after he came out of the game late in the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Midwest Regional Semifinal. (Photos by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

(Props to Greg “Washington State” Bengston for the Davidson and Goliath phrase.)

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