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March Madness 2012: The Davidson Wildcats Are Dancing in the NCAA Tournament

We’ll be doing NCAA Tournament profiles for all automatic bid conference winners leading up to Selection Sunday, for links to others, see bottom of this post.

Conference: Southern Conference (25-7)

Location: Davidson, North Carolina

Famous Alum: Vince Foster, former Clinton Deputy White House Counsel, Alex Gibbs, renowned NFL offensive line coach. Woodrow Wilson attended but like Stephen Curry, left early.

They’re Back! This is the first time that Davidson has been back to the tournament since their run to the Elite 8 in 2008 with Stephen Curry. They have 10 prior appearances.

Resume: A big win over Kansas. Losses to Wichita State, Duke, and Vanderbilt. 16-2 record in winning the Southern Conference.

Notable Player(s): Forward De’Mon Brooks leads the team in points and rebounds.

Team Style/Strengths: Davidson has pretty good size for a smaller school. Chris Czerapowicz and Jake Cohen join Brooks on the front line and are all 6’7″ or taller. The Wildcats rely on beating their opponents on the board, so we will see if that continues when competition steps up in the tournament. They are a young team with no senior starters, so they should be in contention next year as well.

All-Important Rankings: 62 (RPI), 66 (Pomeroy)

Projected Outlook/Seed: With other mid-major upsets, I think Davidson has now moved up to a 13 seed, outside possibility as the “top” 14 seed.

[photo via US Presswire]

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