The Davidson Wildcats will be looking to avoid their first 0-4 start since the 2009-2010 season on Thursday night in Charleston, South Carolina, where they will be taking on the Georgia Bulldogs – a team also trying to rebound from a recent loss to in-state rival Georgia Tech.
Davidson has been the flagship program of the Southern Conference for several years now, playing the role of “Cinderella” in numerous NCAA Tournaments. However, the Wildcats lost their top two scorers from last year’s team, a bunch that almost knocked off Marquette in the second-round of the Big Dance.
While this season’s Davidson team may not have quite the firepower of some of the 25-win teams of recent past, the Wildcats were still projected to finish second in the SoCon this year and they should no doubt provide a formidable challenge to Coach Mark Fox’s team.
If the Dawgs hope to remain competitive in Thursday night’s game, they will have to find way to contain preseason SoCon Player of the Year De’Mon Brooks, who is averaging 17 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game thus far. The senior forward shoots a very high percentage from both the floor and the free throw line, so Georgia’s bigs must keep tabs on him at all times.
Offensively, Coach Mark Fox needs to see production out of someone other than just sophomore point guard Charles Mann, who recorded a career-high 24 points in the loss to Georgia Tech. While Mann had a nice game, UGA will struggle to find much success this season if the scoring remains so unbalanced.