Men’s Basketball Hosts VCU in Wednesday Night Stripe Out (8:30 p.m. Game)
[25/RV] DAVIDSON WILDCATS (16-2, 6-0 A-10)
Head Coach: Bob McKillop (Hofstra, 1972)
Career Record: 623-375 (33rd season), Record at Davidson: Same
VCU RAMS (11-6, 4-2 A-10)
Head Coach: Mike Rhoades (Lebanon Valley, 1995)
Career Record: 335-177 (18th season), Record at VCU: 91-49 (5th season)
Date | Time: January 26, 2022 | 8:30 PM
Location: Davidson, N.C.
Site (Capacity): John M. Belk Arena (4,300)
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
TV: CBS Sports Network
Online Video: CBSSports.com
Live Stats: DavidsonWildcats.com | VCUAthletics.com
*All fans in attendance will receive a FREE Davidson Basketball T-Shirt presented by Pepsi.
Series Record: Tied, 8-8
Streak: Won 1
Last Meeting: Jan. 18, 2022, DAV W, 63-61 (Siegel)
Last Davidson Win: Jan. 18, 2022 | Won, 63-61 (Siegel)
Last VCU Win: March 6, 2021 | Won, 64-52 (Siegel)
First Meeting: March 16, 2005, Davidson Won, 77-62 (NIT)
Davidson Record at Home: 5-1
Davidson Record on Road: 3-5
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 0-2
Bob McKillop‘s Record: 8-8
• Off to its best start since the 1964-65 season, Davidson enters on a 15-game winning streak, which is tied with Auburn for the nation’s longest.
• The Wildcats climbed into the AP Top-25 Monday for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign (first season in A-10).
• Davidson enters 16-2 overall and atop the league standings at 6-0, following a 69-66 come-from-behind win at Fordham over the weekend.
• Since joining the Atlantic 10, the ‘Cats have won a regular season title (2015), tournament title (2018) and totaled 82 league wins (10.8 per year), while recording an average finish of 4.4 in the 14-team conference and making the tournament semifinals each year.
• Wednesday’s contest is the 999th of head coach Bob McKillop‘s career.
• Hyunjung Lee, a preseason all-conference selection, leads Davidson in scoring at 16.2 points per outing.
• Fellow starters Foster Loyer (15.8), Luka Brajkovic (13.9) and Michael Jones (12.8) are also averaging double figures for the Wildcats.
• Loyer enters eighth nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage, shooting 47.0 percent (48-102).
• He is also seventh nationally in free-throw percentage (.928).
• Brajkovic, a two-time A-10 Player of the Week selection, is averaging 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 70.7 percent (29-41) overall and 66.7 percent (6-9) from 3-point range the last four games.
• Jones, who is 17-of-25 (.680) from long range over his last six games, leads the team in 3-point field-goal percentage at 50.6 percent (42-83), but does not meet the national ranking minimums.
• Davidson’s starting lineup is shooting 51.7 percent (421-814) from the floor and 44.8 percent (157-350) from 3-point range.
• The Wildcats rank among the nation’s best in field-goal percentage (.498/7th), 3-point field-goal percentage (.416/2nd), 3-pointers made per game (9.6/28th), free assists/turnover ratio (1.54/8th) and fewest turnovers per game (10.3/19th).
• Davidson is 14-0 on the season when hitting the 70-point plateau.
INSIDE THE STREAK
• The streak started on day two (Nov. 19) of the Myrtle Beach Invitational with a 72-60 win over Penn.
• Davidson’s current win streak is its longest since the 2012-13 season.
• It’s also the seventh time (5th under McKillop) in school history the Wildcats have put together a 15-game winning streak.
• The longest streak in program history came in 2007-08 when Davidson reeled off 25 straight en route to an appearance in the Elite 8.
• During the ‘Cats’ current streak, they are outscoring the opposition by +12.7 points, while holding them to just .417 from the floor.
• Offensively, Davidson is shooting 50.4 percent from the floor, 41.1 percent from long range and just under 80 percent at the charity stripe.
LAST TIME OUT
• The frontcourt of Luka Brajkovic (21) and Sam Mennenga (16) combined for 37 points to lead Davidson to its 15th straight win, a 69-66 come-from-behind triumph over Fordham Saturday inside Rose Hill Gym.
• After Fordham pushed its lead to the largest of the game, 40-27, Davidson responded with 11 straight points capped by a Brajkovic triple to get within a possession. The Rams had an answer and pushed the margin back to seven on consecutive trips.
• Trailing 47-40 with 9:47 remaining, the Wildcats used a 15-3 run to take control and took their first lead of the contest and for good on Foster Loyer‘s jumper in the lane with 6:25 to play.
• In addition to shooting 58.3 percent after intermission, Davidson finished 24-of-28 at the charity stripe, including a perfect 8-for-8 in the last 36 seconds.
• Darius Quisenberry was the lone Fordham player in double figures, leading all scorers with 36 points.
• Mennenga led the way for the ‘Cats on the glass with 11 rebounds (5 offensive) for his second career double-double. As a team, Davidson finished with a 38-28 advantage on the boards.
• Loyer also scored in double figures for the Wildcats with 15 points, highlighted by an 8-for-8 showing at the line.
• Davidson, which entered as one of the nation’s top shooting teams, opened just 4-of-18 from the floor and trailed by 11 in the first 20 minutes before going to the half down, 31-24.
• Davidson will conclude its brief homestand Saturday when La Salle visits Belk Arena for a noon tip.