Davidson, the last anti-chalk hope?

With Memphis looking nigh unstoppable early — they’re up 39-24 over Texas with 2:00 left in the first half — it’s looking increasingly likely that Stephen Curry and the #10-seed Davidson Wildcats will be the last hope for the non-#1-seeds.

It was #1-seed Kansas that blew the chance for an first-ever “all-chalk” Final Four last year, losing to #2-seed UCLA in the second game of the Elite Eight. (#1-seed North Carolina subsequently lost, too, to #2 Georgetown.) But that was against a Bruins team that effectively had home-court advantage and arguably should have been a #1 seed itself. Losing to tiny Davidson, when a win would put four #1 seeds in the Final Four, would be a much bigger upset — and a much bigger stain on the already oft-smeared record of Bill Self and the “Rock Choke Jayhawks.”

And yet, would anybody really be stunned if Davidson pulled it off? At this point, who dares doubt Stephen Curry?

UPDATE: Memphis wins, 85-67. Davidson is our last hope!

10 Responses to “Davidson, the last anti-chalk hope?”

  1. Marty West says:

    Are you riding the Davidson bandwagon because they beat Gonzaga?

  2. gahrie says:

    I get the impression he just likes to root for underdogs….

  3. JD says:

    Brendan, any opinion on the black-and-blue NCAA-standard courts that they appear to be using everywhere? I guess that now that games are in football stadiums that don’t have their own courts, all the regionals (men’s and women’s) have a floor specifically made for that arena (or arenas, if the name along the sides can be removed). This looks like it even applies to venues that would still otherwise have their own court (Greensboro, New Orleans on the women’s side).

  4. gahrie says:

    Who says Memphis can’t shoot free throws?

  5. Brendan Loy says:

    JD, I don’t really have an opinion on it, no.

    Marty, gahrie is right, I’m riding the Davidson bandwagon because I like underdogs. That, after all, is how I got on the Gonzaga bandwagon in the first place, 13 years ago. :)

  6. Mike says:

    What about the possibility of chalk in the women’s bracket? That bracket’s 2 games away from having the elite 8 be entirely 1 vs 2 matchups.

  7. yea says:

    if you want to see history root for kansas. seeing four #1s would lead to insane anticipation of the final four. we’ve seen the underdog make it before with mason, and they put up a pathetic showing in the final four.

  8. yea says:

    this game is awesome so far. the defense is fantastic and these guys are nailing hard shots.

  9. kcatnd says:

    Agreed – great game so far!

  10. Brendan Loy says:

    yea, why are you hating on Mason? #2 UCLA looked “pathetic” against Florida too. So did the #2 Bruins and #1 Ohio State last year. Florida was just really good, in both 2006 and 2007. Getting blown out by them is not some sort of badge of shame for George Mason.

    Last year, when we got four #1s, three #2s and one #3 in the Elite Eight, and then two #1s and two #2s in the Final Four, everybody said the games would be AWESOME. Instead, we got an average Elite Eight and a weak Final Four. All #1 seeds in the Final Four doesn’t guarantee great games, and a #10 seed in the Final Four doesn’t guarantee blowouts.

    Personally, I think Davidson could win the whole thing. I’m not predicting that they will, but how can you rule it out? They beat Georgetown and Wisconsin in non-flukey fashion, and if they can beat Kansas today, who’s to say they can’t also beat North Carolina (who they almost beat in November, on the road) and either UCLA or Memphis? They’re a damn good team.