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Southern Conference Championship Preview

The Southern Conference (or SoCon if you are cool) championship game tips off tonight on ESPN2 at 7:00 PM from the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, NC. Here is what you need to know:


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Davidson Wildcats


The Davidson Steph Currys Tyler Thompsons Wildcats came into the tournament as the #1 seed, having only lost one conference game to Georgia Southern way back on January 14th. Since that loss, the Wildcats have reeled off 16 straight wins, good for the longest streak in the nation. Davidson is 25-7 overall, with wins against Vanderbilt and West Virginia. They are led by senior forward Jake Cohen (picture above) who averages 15 points and 5 rebounds per game. This will be Davidson’s second straight SoCon championship appearance, having won it last year as well. The Wildcats are no stranger to the NCAA Tournament, having made an incredible run to the Elite Eight in 2008 before losing by 2 to the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks. If you put any stock into what a former Duke Blue Devil has to say (I suggest you never should), Jay Williams picks Davidson as one of the Mid-Majors that could win a game in the NCAA Tournament. We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though. They still have to face the #3 seed in the SoCon tournament, which is…


College of Charleston



The Cougars of Charleston upset the second-seeded Elon Phoenix (Really? Phoenix?) on Sunday evening to advance to the finals of the SoCon tournament. While I admittedly know next to nothing about the Cougars, I do know their campus is in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, a city where I enjoyed a great day of kayaking, an amazing Italian dinner and discovered Cheerwine last summer. Oh, the memories. Anyway, Charleston comes into the finals looking to upset the Davidson Wildcats on the back of Andrew Lawrence, a senior guard who leads the team in points (13.3) per game and assists (3.7) per game. The Cougars actually went into Waco, Texas on November 24th and beat then-#24 Baylor by 4, but lost any momentum gained from that win two weeks later when Louisville beat them by 42. Charleston, like Davidson, boasts a good conference record with some quality non-conference wins but neither team should expect to go dancing unless they win this game.



Davidson owned the Cougars in the regular season, beating them twice this year by an average of 12.5 points. The championship atmosphere, however can change everything and the pressure of an NCAA Tournament bid looming at the end of the game can sometimes prove to be too much pressure for even the best of teams. With that being said, I still think Davidson wins this one big, earning their second straight trip to the tourney, and despite the loss, I will continue forward with my life plans and move to Charleston once I am out of grad school. Seriously, I love that place.



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10 Comments for Southern Conference Championship Preview

  1. Dr. Funke
    5:07 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Any chance davidson picks up an at large bid if they lose?

  2. Dr. Funke
    5:11 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    nevermind niether does

  3. mike
    5:27 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink


  4. Dr. Funke
    5:33 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    TT are you originally from KY? I know you live in Nashville now, just wondering why you became a UK fan.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      5:37 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

      Yup, I’m originally from Danville, Kentucky…went to school at Davidson and now live in Nashville. My blood runs blue (and Davidson red on certain occasions).

  5. Dr. Funke
    5:41 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Oh cool, good to know lol, always wondered. Would love to be in Nashville this weekend!

  6. Heisenberg
    5:43 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    ” Davidson is 25-7 overall, with wins against Vanderbilt and West Virginia”

    Is this supposed to be a good thing?

  7. robuk
    6:54 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Look at the arms on that chick, I am jealous.

  8. SlickRick
    7:22 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    It sure looks like Chris Smith is trying to get some “back door” action.