The Davidson Wildcats were struggling to get through non-conference play. Despite being the outright Southern Conference favorites, they posted a record of 5-6, including Milwaukee, Charlotte and Drexel. This potential NCAA Tournament "sleeper", a Sweet 16 candidate, had challenged themselves taking on New Mexico, Gonzaga and Duke, all top-15 teams at this point, but came away empty-handed in the win column. But now, things are looking up for Davidson and the team is on a roll.
Every fan that fills out an NCAA Bracket should be aware of these potential "giants killers". There is versatility and veteran leadership up front with combo-forward De'Mon Brooks, who looks the team in scoring (13.5 points) and rebounding (6.3), while stretch-the-floor power forward, Jake Cohen is second on the team in both categories (13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds) and shooting .412 percent from 3-point range. Another forward Chris Czerapowicz is averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds a game while shooting above .400 percent from deep, yet is playing just 23 minutes a night.
But the backcourt is key for Davidson- two seniors, Nik Cochran and J.P. Kuhlman, combine to average 19 points per game, along with 6.5 assists (and 4 turnovers). Cochran is a deadly outside shooter, capable of lighting up from all over. He is shooting a team-leading .452 percent from behind the 3-point line this season and an automatic .958 from the foul line. Most recently, Cochran lit up Western Carolina, on the road no less, for 32 points with 6 3s and a 6-of-6 mark from the foul line.