Saturday, March 3, 2007
SoCon Championship Game: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
Southern Conference Championship Game: The College of Charleston vs. Davidson
A win tonight against our rivals would return the Cougars to their first trip to the Big Dance since 1999! Despite Davidson holding a 7-game win streak against the Cougars, they are our biggest rivals and perhaps the College of Charleston vs. Davidson match-up is the biggest rivalry in the Southern Conference! This is the first SoCon Championship that the Cougars have played in since 2000; ironically, the same year Coach Cremins retired from Georgia Tech! (Photo courtesy of Keele)
Davidson is tough, but every team has their weaknesses. On paper, Davidson looks to have none, but we all know that Stephen Curry has foul tendencies and weak first-half starts. Jason Richards is 2nd in the nation in assists, but he has issues with the full-court press. We need to give the "Cincinnati Kid" a tough time in the paint and to prevent good looks from the parimeter. We need Josh Jackson to come out fresh and for his jump hook to drop. We need a continued gang-busting efforts from Jermaine, Philip and David! We need huge efforts by the supporting casts of subs and the Maroon Nation! Finally, we need Dontaye to maintain his level of play on both ends of the court (stopping Max Paulhaus-Gosselin and Steph Curry) and impress those NBA scouts watching the game on ESPN2!
With hometown energy the Cougars have an excellent chance to win tonight. Coach Bob McKillop will be looking for his 4th trip to the NCAA Tourney and a win tonight would give the Wildcats their wishes. I am sure he is telling his troops to concentrate on tonight's game, but they are the favorites and since they are easily beating their opponents in the SoCon Tourney, it is only human nature for them to look ahead. And that is where the Cougars who are shooting lights-out basketball will bring home a win and a trip to the Big Dance! My final advice for tonight's game is to leave it all on the court. Remember the words of Urbana, Ohio native Brown when he said while walking out of the church, "You know what they say, it is better to burn out..than to fade away!" Go Cougs!