It seems as if these conference realignment updates are becoming a regular thing. A little over a year ago, it was announced that the Davidson Wildcats would be joining the Atlantic 10 beginning in the 2014-15 season. And while they won’t officially join until about a week and a half from now (July 1), now is a good a time as any to take a quick peek at URI’s new A-10 brethren.
Davidson comes to the A-10 via the Southern Conference, where they were nothing short of dominant. The Wildcats have won the SoCo regular season title in each of the last three seasons, and 10 times total since 2002. They’ve also won their conference tournament six times in that span, most recently in 2013. So they’ve had their fair share of appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, they’ve played more games in The Dance than Rhody (21 to 14) in the respective history of the two schools.
The Wildcats first made the NCAA Tournament in 1966, where they won their first ever tourney game against… Steve Chubin and the Rhode Island Rams. Put that one in the memory bank in case you ever need to win a bar bet. But most of Davidson’s success came during the Stephen Curry era. Bill Murray’s favorite player led the Wildcats all the way to the Elite Eight in the 2008 before getting bounced by Kansas. Davidson most recently danced in 2013, where they lost (*cough* choked *cough*) their first round game to Marquette.
In short, Bob McKillop’s Wildcats will be a tough test for URI this season. Luckily for the Rams, they’ll face Davidson just once this season, and it’ll be at the Ryan Center. We’ll know a lot more about both teams by then, but it figures to be a fun one.