NCAA Tournament Notebook: Davidson left out of field
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DAVIDSON ó Stephen Curry and Davidson won’t get a chance to repeat their magical NCAA tournament run.
As expected, the Wildcats were left out of the 65-team field announced Sunday. That leaves the nation’s top scorer and last year’s feel-good story relegated to the NIT.
Davidson is 26-7, but lost in the Southern Conference semifinals to College of Charleston, the Wildcats’ third loss in seven games.
No SoCon team has ever received an at-large bid, and that streak continued despite Curry’s 28.6 points a game and the Wildcats coming within a missed 3-pointer of the Final Four last season.
Davidson is assured an NIT bid because of its regular-season conference title. Those pairings were to be announced later Sunday.
SOUTHLAND TITLE: Matt Kingsley scored 20 points and Stephen F. Austin earned the program’s first NCAA tournament berth with a 68-57 victory over Texas San Antonio on Sunday in the Southland Conference championship game.
Josh Alexander and Eddie Williams added 16 points each for the top-seeded Lumberjacks (24-7), who have won eight straight games.
BIG WEST: Rodrique Mels had 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals to lead Cal State Northridge to a 71-66 overtime victory over Pacific for the Big West Conference tournament championship.
UCONN WOMEN: Selecting the top seed for the women’s NCAA tournament tonight will have all the suspense of a Connecticut basketball game.
The Huskies have won all 33 of those this season, by an average of more than 31 points.
They beat No. 3 Oklahoma by 28 points, No. 11 North Carolina by 30 points in Chapel Hill, and No. Louisville twice.
They are prohibitive favorites to earn the program’s sixth national title.
UNC WOMEN: Cetera DeGraffenreid scored 19 points to help No. 11 North Carolina rally past South Dakota 75-69 on Sunday in a tougher-than-expected tune-up for the NCAA tournament.
Jessica Breland added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (27-6), who added the game to the schedule to fill the annual two-week gap between the end of the ACC tournament and the NCAAs.
The only problem was the Coyotes (18-11) didn’t play the role of the overmatched team despite the fact they’re in their first year of Division I competition. They hit 10 of their first 13 3-pointers to take a 41-32 halftime lead.
COUNTING THE FANS:
The total reported attendance of 158,112 was the second-highest total in ACC tournament history but well behind the 2001 record of 182,525, the last time the event was held at the Georgia Dome.
ACC NOTES: Duke is 8-1 all-time at the Georgia Dome and also won the tournament at the facility in 2001. … The Blue Devils earned their fourth championship as the No. 3 seed. It also won tournament titles as the No. 3 seed in 1988, 2003 and 2005. … Duke tied North Carolina for the all-time lead with its 17th conference tournament championship.
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