Davidson 84, Fordham 66: McKillop Still Learning, Adapting

On Jan. 11, Fordham went to Davidson (where the home team is 163-26 in the last 14 seasons) and came back to New York with one of the biggest surprises of the Atlantic 10, baffling the Wildcats and holding them to 0.86 points per possession in a 60-54 loss that was Davidson’s slowest game of the season (63 possessions).

But when Fordham coach Jeff Neubauer looked and saw there was a return match a little more than two weeks later, he knew beating Davidson a second time would be a tall order.

Davidson coach Bob McKillop’s resume speaks for itself: 526 career wins, 14 seasons with 20 wins, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, and widely regarded as one of the top offensive minds in college basketball. And so, with a second look at Neubauer’s unorthodox trapping and pressuring half-court defense, the Wildcats were ready.

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A-10 Afternoon Session: Davidson 67, La Salle 66; VCU 70, Richmond 67

Even Bob McKillop, who was a heartbeat away from the Final Four in 2008, can’t believe the run his Davidson team is on these days. The Wildcats graduated all-everything guard De’Mon Brooks after last season and were making the quantum leap from the Southern Conference (a league that Wofford has beaten them in three of the last five seasons) to the Atlantic-10, full of VCUs and Daytons and George Washingtons.

Yet they rolled through the regular season, seemingly getting stronger as they went (even while dealing with an injury to starting guard Jack Gibbs), winning their final nine regular-season games and miraculously winning the A-10 regular season title after being picked 12th.

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