Davidson Wildcats men's basketball

The Davidson Wildcats basketball team is the basketball team that represents Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, in the NCAA. 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 2022. The Wildcats are currently coached by Matt McKillop, in his first season after succeeding his father Bob after the 2021–22 season. Davidson plays its home games at the Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex on the school's campus.

Davidson Wildcats
2022–23 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team
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UniversityDavidson College
Head coachMatt McKillop (1st season)
ConferenceAtlantic 10
LocationDavidson, North Carolina
ArenaJohn M. Belk Arena
(Capacity: 5,223)
NicknameWildcats
Student sectionD-Block, Endzone, Section 30
ColorsRed and black[1]
   
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, 2015, 2018, 2022
Conference tournament champions
Southern Conference
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013

Atlantic 10
2018
Conference regular season champions
Southern Conference
1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014

Atlantic 10
2015, 2022

Conference affiliationsEdit

PostseasonEdit

NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Wildcats have appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–16.

Year Round Opponent Result
1966 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional third place Game
Rhode Island
Syracuse
Saint Joseph's
W 95–68
L 78–94
L 76–92
1968 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
St. John's
Columbia
North Carolina
W 79–70
W 61–59OT
L 66–70
1969 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Villanova
St. John's
North Carolina
W 75–61
W 79–69
L 85–87
1970 First Round St. Bonaventure L 72–85
1986 First Round Kentucky L 55–75
1998 First Round Michigan L 61–80
2002 First Round Ohio State L 64–69
2006 First Round Ohio State L 62–70
2007 First Round Maryland L 70–82
2008 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Gonzaga
Georgetown
Wisconsin
Kansas
W 82–76
W 74–70
W 73–56
L 57–59
2012 Second Round Louisville L 62–69
2013 Second Round Marquette L 58–59
2015 Second Round Iowa L 52–83
2018 First Round Kentucky L 73–78
2022 First Round #7 Michigan State L 73–74

2008 NCAA tournamentEdit

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 57–59. 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.[2] Following the tournament, the Wildcats earned a number 9 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today poll.[3] Stephen Curry, who has since become a two-time NBA MVP with the Golden State Warriors, was the leading scorer of this team.

NIT resultsEdit

The Wildcats have appeared in nine National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–9.

Year Round Opponent Result
1972 First Round Syracuse L 77–81
1994 First Round West Virginia L 69–85
1996 First Round South Carolina L 73–100
2005 Opening Round
First Round
Second Round
VCU
SW Missouri State
Maryland
W 77–62
W 82–71
L 63–78
2009 First Round
Second Round
South Carolina
Saint Mary's
W 70–63
L 68–80
2014 First Round Missouri L 77–85
2016 First Round Florida State L 74–84
2019 First Round Lipscomb L 81–89
2021 First Round NC State L 61–75

CBI resultsEdit

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

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

ESPN basketball rankingEdit

In a system ranked by ESPN, Davidson was listed as the #44 Basketball Program[4] 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."

PlayersEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Per athletic department policy, number and/or jersey retirement is reserved for players who have earned bachelor's degrees at Davidson. While six players have had jerseys retired, Stephen Curry is the first to have his number retired. Curry qualified after completing his bachelor's degree in May 2022. During the retirement ceremony held on August 31, 2022, Curry not only had his number retired, but also entered Davidson's athletic hall of fame and physically received his Davidson diploma.[5][6]

Player Number Years played
at Davidson
Stephen Curry 30 2006–2009

Retired jerseysEdit

Player Number Years played
at Davidson
Dick Snyder 10 1963–1966
Derek Rucker 11 1984–1988
Hobby Cobb 21 1952–1956
John Gerdy 33 1975–1979
Terry Holland 42 1961–1964
Fred Hetzel 44 1962–1965

All-AmericansEdit

Player Year(s) Team(s)
Fred Hetzel 1964 Consensus Second TeamAP (2nd), NABC (2nd), UPI (3rd)
1965 Consensus First TeamAP (1st), USBWA (1st), NABC (1st), UPI (1st)
Dick Snyder 1966 Consensus Second TeamAP (2nd), USBWA (1st), UPI (2nd)
Mike Maloy 1969 Consensus Second TeamAP (2nd), USBWA (1st), NABC (3rd), UPI (3rd)
1970 AP (3rd), NABC (3rd), UPI (3rd)
Stephen Curry 2008 Consensus Second TeamAP (2nd), Sporting News (2nd)
2009 Consensus First TeamAP (1st), USBWA (1st), NABC (1st), Sporting News (1st)

Wildcats in the NBA/ABAEdit

Player Years active Teams Highlights
Stephen Curry 2009–present Golden State Warriors NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022); 2× NBA Most Valuable Player (2015, 2016); NBA Finals MVP (2022); 8× NBA All-Star (20142019, 2021, 2022)
Fred Hetzel 1965–1971 San Francisco Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Cincinnati Royals, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers Top overall pick in the 1965 NBA draft
Rod Knowles 1968–1969 Phoenix Suns, New York Nets
Mike Maloy 1970–1973 Virginia Squires, Dallas Chaparrals
Dick Snyder 1966–1979 St. Louis Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers NBA champion (1979)
Brandon Williams 1997–2003 Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks

Wildcats playing in international leaguesEdit

Players in Davidson Athletics Hall of FameEdit

Coaches in Davidson Athletics Hall of FameEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "General Info" (PDF). 2021-22 Davidson Wildcats Men's Basketball Media Guide. November 12, 2021. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  2. ^ "Forde: Davidson's novel concept -- students first". ESPN.com. March 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "2018-19 Men's College Basketball Rankings for Week 14". ESPN.
  4. ^ "Men's College Basketball Blog". ESPN.com.
  5. ^ "Curry to be Honored, Enshrined at Davidson in August" (Press release). Davidson Wildcats. June 17, 2022. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  6. ^ "Davidson to retire Stephen Curry's No. 30 in August ceremony following Golden State Warriors star's graduation". ESPN.com. June 17, 2022. Retrieved June 17, 2022.

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