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 Division I. 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 2018. The Wildcats are currently coached by Bob McKillop. Davidson plays its home games at the Belk Arena in Baker Sports Complex on the school's campus.

Davidson Wildcats
2019–20 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team
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UniversityDavidson College
Head coachBob McKillop (31st season)
ConferenceAtlantic 10
LocationDavidson, North Carolina
ArenaJohn M. Belk Arena
(Capacity: 5,223)
Student sectionD-Block, Endzone, Section 30
ColorsBlack and Red[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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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
Conference Tournament Champions
Southern Conference
1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013

Atlantic 10
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


NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Wildcats have appeared in 14 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 8–15.

Year Round Opponent Result
1966 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional Third Place Game
Rhode Island
Saint Joseph's
W 95–68
L 78–94
L 76–92
1968 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
St. John's
North Carolina
W 79–70
W 61–59OT
L 66–70
1969 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
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
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

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 59–57. 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] All of this run was due to the play of guard Stephen Curry, who has since become a two-time NBA MVP with the Golden State Warriors.

NIT resultsEdit

The Wildcats have appeared in eight National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–8.

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

CBI resultsEdit

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

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

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."

Wildcats in the National Basketball Association and EuroleagueEdit

  • Jake Cohen (American/Israeli professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv; two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year)
  • Fred Hetzel 1st overall pick in 1965 NBA Draft (San Francisco Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Cincinnati Royals, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Rod Knowles (Phoenix Suns)
  • Mike Maloy (Virginia Squires (ABA), Dallas Chaparrals (ABA))
  • Dick Snyder (St. Louis Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Brandon Williams (Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Stephen Curry 7th overall pick in 2009 NBA Draft (Golden State Warriors), 3× NBA champion (2015, 2017 and 2018). Also, two time NBA MVP (only unanimous MVP in NBA history).

Players in Davidson Athletics Hall of FameEdit

  • {G.F."Red" Laird, three sports, about 1923 inducted this year}


  1. ^ 2016–17 Davidson Wildcats Visitors Guide (PDF). September 23, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  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.

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