Bracket Projection: Davidson

Experienced Wildcats enter NCAA tourney with nation's longest win streak

Updated: March 21, 2013, 3:09 PM ET
By Chris Dortch | Special to ESPN Insider
De'Mon Brooks Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY SportsDe'Mon Brooks' versatility was a factor in Davidson's winning the Southern Conference title.

Davidson enters the NCAA tournament on a 17-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, after having won the South Division of the Southern Conference and the league tournament title. The Wildcats won't be a desirable first-round opponent, given their previous exploits in the NCAAs. Just five years ago, led by Stephen Curry, they took out Gonzaga, Wisconsin and Georgetown to get to an Elite Eight matchup against Kansas and had every opportunity to win that game and advance to the Final Four. Can the Wildcats pull off an upset or two this season?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

PROFILES FOR ALL 68 TEAMS | BRACKET PREDICTOR


Lunardi's Logic

Another popular upset pick, someone will have to explain how Davidson can score enough to upset rough-and-ready Marquette. This is a good Davidson team, not a great one, although it figures to hang around for 30 minutes or more before bowing out gracefully. The real question for me is whether or not the school wants to take on the challenge of a tougher conference going forward.

TOURNEY PROFILE

Best wins: Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Richmond

Worst losses: at Georgia Southern


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