Stephen Curry of Davidson tries to evade the defensive presence of Duke’s Greg Paulus in game played in Durham , NC. The Blue Devils would go on to win the game 79-67. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Sara Davis …………………….
And as much as we all value the underdog when it comes to a game of combative nature. The chances are that we’ll tend to overlook the likes of a team like Davidson. Much has been made of the prowess of the likes of Tyler Hansborough of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Kentucky Wildcats’ Jodie Meeks. It has Curry more than anyone else that I for one have looked forward to seeing this season. All three players are exceptionally gifted and talented in their own way. But it has been Curry who has got my juices flowing every time he sets foot on court.
Davidson’s Andrew Lovedale and Duke’s Jon Scheyer tussle over a loose ball during the game in the second quarter . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Sara D Davis ……………..
A lot has been said of his prowess as a scorer but also of late he’s shown that he can lead by example. Albeit that we don’t often get to see the Davidson Wildcats’ games being nationally televised. He can score with the best of them and thought it’s often pointed out that he has a tendency to be somewhat hesitant defensively. He more than makes up for this with his prowess on the offensive side of the ball. And one can well understand the reason why we’re unlikely to see the team on a regular basis on the networks when it come to the televising of the game. The Southern Conference isn’t built around blockbuster names that we all can recognize at will. The likes of Furman , Chattanooga , Elon, Citadel and Appalachian State don’t exactly leap out at you immediately. But then again we’re merely talking about what some might deem the also rans within the college basketball world.
And with this team getting off to a nice stat to their season . It’s hoped that they can make it all the way to the NCCA tournament without much fuss. It’s always welcoming to see a team that’s deemed a minnow set about taking on and then taking down one of the Goliaths of the college game. Every year come tournament time that’s certainly what a number of fans are looking forward to. Should it come to the fact that we’re liable to see one of the titans get knocked down a peg or two then so be it. It makes the tournament all the more exciting for us all.
Curry reacts to his foul in the second quarter of the game played in Cameron Indoor Arena in Durham, NC,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Sara D Davis ………………
Much as I like the NBA it’s the college game that I think in its purest form that can be just as exciting as anything served up in the professional game. But there are those amongst us who may well feel the opposite. Teams such as Davidson and others within the NCAA aren’t spoilt in terms of the athletes that are on show. And if anything in pursuing their craft the players are quite prepared to do things the right way. That’s not say that the talent on show is as great as what we have on view in the NBA. But for every Kobe Bryant , LeBron James , Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler who chose to forego college. We have the likes of Hansborough, Meeks and Curry. Many of the players mentioned within the professional ranks had their shortcomings when they first started out. And in time they overcame those flaws. But how much better off would they have been had they pursued at least one or two years within the college ranks ? Such are the machinations of the game and the pursuit of financial security.
But when it’s all said and done it is the likes of players such as Meeks, Curry and Hansborough that give us some of our greatest pleasure when it comes to the college game. And the likes of teams such as Davidson where one can only proceed to dream as to what might’ve been had players of the ilk mentioned in the professional ranks chose to grace us with their presence within the college game. If only for a brief and passing moment.