Elite Eight, and the long, glorious ride finally ends against No. Curry finished the game with 33 points, leading the Wildcats to a 73-56 victory. Curry was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school and didn’t’ end up pursued by many traditional NCAA basketball powerhouses. As a coach, you’re fortunate to have that for one game. Coach McKillop knew he had to get his superstar a touch with the game on the line. 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.”. Coach Fox: Before Steph came in, we graduated, I think seven seniors or maybe eight seniors, and I think they scored about 95% of the points. Davidson with Coach McKillop had been consistently good, near the top of the Southern Conference, so when some of those guys left — some really good players — people thought Davidson was going to die down. Let me tell you this, Jason Richards made that shot countless times in practice, that same shot, when we went through the situation in practice, some of it live, some of it simulated. I was doing the scout for the Kansas game, and I’m watching them beat Villanova by I think 30, so I’m literally scared to death. Final Fours: 0. I mean, we circled him as our top guy, felt he could be somebody that changes our program. Davidson took over at the beginning of the second half, going on a 24-9 run to open up a 15-point lead. Curry was back at Davidson the next season and led the nation in scoring, but the Wildcats could not recapture the same electricity. Davidson’s program has stayed solid, but the Wildcats have not won an NCAA Tournament game since. Coach McKillop: Three Gonzaga players, I think, went after Andrew Lovedale, our power forward. © 2020 NCAA | Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. They did not lose again in the regular season. I can only imagine what it would be like if we had social media back then.”. The Bucks superstar announced a five-year, supermax extension on Tuesday. In 2008, Davidson defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Georgetown Hoyas, and Wisconsin Badgers to advance to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats had not won an NCAA Tournament game in 39 years. The only team in the Final Four we hadn’t played was Memphis. The 2008–09 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team represented Davidson College in … 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. 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. 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. Steph gets the rebound, takes one dribble and throws it on the money, like a Tom Brady pass to Thomas Sander in full sprint, he shoots the layup and gets fouled. Curry goes for 30. 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. It’s only going to prepare us for what we wanted to do in March. “I certainly don’t have any desire to go back and look at some of that footage that might make me second guess.”. I think they went on a 9-0 run. That’s why we were in the positon we were, the last 10 seconds of the clock, down two.”. But, with the honor and the integrity that the Curry family always has, they wanted none of that. Richards has to, from the next zip code. I was playing by the numbers, doing what I thought was right.”. An oral history of Steph Curry’s historic run at the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Draymond Green and James Wiseman are back at practice. Davidson drew a first-round matchup against the seventh-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs. It was the kind of feel-good underdog story that puts the heart into March. It kind of broke down their rhythm. It was more about the run as a team, than that one specific play.”. As a coach, and I’m sure coach McKillop will tell you this, you feel pretty good about your team. He was a sponge to coach McKillop; he was a sponge to the rest of us who had been there and played two years of college basketball already. Do you think Steph’s going to say, “okay, let’s hold it out, call a play and get a great shot?” No, he just fired it in. Davidson basketball scores, news, schedule, players, stats, photos, rumors, depth charts on RealGM.com It’s the pinnacle. Giannis Antetokounmpo Agrees to Five-Year, $228M Super Max Extension, Josh Richardson and his quickly found comfort with the Mavericks, Grizzlies 123, Wolves 104: Case of the Monday’s. Steph’s confidence just grew even more. The Davidson players wanted to test themselves against the best teams in the nation. The play was to be a high screen to get Curry some space to shoot. Before he became a superstar with the Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry was a little-known basketball player who was trying to make a name for himself during his senior year at Charlotte Christian high school. 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. Thanks to original video provider. The Elite 8 matchup against the No. We had a tough-mindedness that I think is a unique skill for a team. Wisconsin vs. Davidson Box Score, March 28, 2008. Richards: We went into halftime with Wisconsin tied. But, the way he did things, the way he handled himself, you saw that he exuded confidence. Coach Fox: Oh, it was awesome. Watch all of his top shots and plays from the Wildcats' memorable Cinderella run. Ten years later, the images of that March still warm Davidson. What we didn’t know and but we came to know, that is apparent now is that his work ethic was top-notch. A tiny school, oozing with charm, started cutting down one giant after another in the NCAA Tournament, as the bandwagon filled every seat. 1 ranks tried to get him to look elsewhere, to de-commit, so to speak, even though he has signed with us. 3 Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2008 (Midwest Region). He never forgot where he came from. These are the essential Steph Curry college basketball stats, moments and best quotes from his career at Davidson. 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. 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. They didn’t want to hear anything about it. Everyone knew where the ball was going, including the Jayhawks, who double-teamed Curry. You don’t want to shoot not to miss, you want to shoot to make it.”. 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. Steph wound up accepting a scholarship close to home, joining the Davidson Wildcats, a school of just 1,700 students at the time, for the 2006-07 season. Davidson went 29-5 overall in Curry’s freshman year and lost in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. He was ready to get going right away. And just like when he was at Davidson, he’s a superstar, but he was just a normal guy, and nothing’s changed. So I knew going into those games, the likelihood of getting on the court was slim to none. Stephen Curry leads No. March Madness predictions: Here's how your bracket will do if you only pick the better-seeded team. I spoke with Davidson head coach Bob McKillop, assistant coach Jim Fox, teammates Jason Richards and Brendan McKillop, as well as former Georgetown player and current Denver Nuggets executive, Jon Wallace. Stephen Curry’s first foray into the national spotlight came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. 11 years ago today, Stephen Curry put the nation on notice vs. Gonzaga. Coach Fox: a lot of people thought Davidson has no shot of winning those games. Not his time. They had a lot of abilities, from the talent on their team that we didn’t have. 2008 NCAA Tournament. 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. NCAA conference tournament schedule: Tracking March Madness automatic bids, “That was Steph Curry’s coming-out party,” teammate Jason Richards would say a decade later. The Wildcats storm back to win 74-70. Wide left. It was like we just smacked them in the face. The Wildcats nearly made the Final Four, but lost to the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks 59-57. The Bulldogs led the Wildcats by 11 points in the second half, but Curry went off, bringing Davidson back from the dead. 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. Curry was averaging 26 points a game. In both games, we played our best basketball in the second half, and we’re going to be okay. Roy Hibbert got into foul trouble that game. It was pretty awesome on those raised up courts that you see all the time now at NCAA Tournaments. 40 PTS 14-22 FG 8 … Coach McKillop obliged and set-up non-conference games against powerhouse programs. You have to realize how good UCLA was with Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison on the roster. Coach Fox: They were the last game of the day on Friday. He’s still the same person. TEAM BESTS. 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. Coach Fox: I think what he was able to prove to himself is how good he could be with all those players on that under-19 team. They miss a shot. Now he’s director of basketball operations at Pittsburgh. 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. And we go out on the first play, and I’ll never forget this. He averaged 32 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals while shooting 44% from beyond the arc over those magical four games. However, the Jayhawks went on a run of their own and held a six-point lead with just over a minute to go. Since then, Steph has grown into a global superstar who captured two NBA MVPs and three championships over the next 10 years. Coach McKillop and coach Fox zeroed in on Steph as their top recruit. As a senior, Curry hoped to get a Division 1 scholarship to continue his career and showcase his phenomenal shooting ability. It changed the life of the coaching staff and all the players who were part of that roster. It was a close contest through the first 20 minutes and the game was tied 36-36 going into the break. Still, he has one second guess, and it’s not the final play. He hit his first free-throw, and missed the second, leading to an offensive rebound by Davidson. 1 seed Kansas, 59-57, with the Jayhawks desperately holding on at the end, double-teaming Curry the last possession. 'March Means More': Remembering Stephen Curry's 2008 NCAA Tournament Run Thomas Duffy @ @TJDhoops. 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