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Men’s Basketball Heads to Tennessee to Face ETSU Friday Night

by | Nov 16, 2023

Grant Huffman and the ‘Cats head to Johnson City for Friday night’s game.


DAVIDSON WILDCATS (2-1, 0-0 A-10) vs. ETSU BUCCANEERS (1-2, 0-0 SoCon)

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Coming off a 2-1 start during the opening week of the season, the Davidson College men’s basketball team heads to Johnson City, Tenn. to meet ETSU on Friday night.

Tip off is slate for 7 p.m. and will air on ESPN+. Jarod Latch and Justin Parker will have the call on the Davidson Radio Network.

Series Record: Davidson leads, 26-18
Last Meeting: January 26, 2005, DAV won 63-62
First Meeting: December 29, 1960, ETSU won 83-71
Davidson Record at Home: 14-7
Davidson Record on Road: 10-9
Davidson Record at Neutral Site: 2-2

• The Wildcats walked away from the 2023 Asheville Championship 1-1, winning a three-point game over Maryland (64-61) and dropping a three-point contest to Clemson (68-65).
• The win marked Davidson’s first over the Terps since 1968 and fourth overall, and was Matt McKillop‘s biggest in his brief head coaching tenure, as Maryland was a top-30 team (KENPOM 29) entering the Friday night matchup.

• Davidson newcomer Angelo Brizzi was a defensive threat at the Asheville Championship, picking up seven steals and two blocked shots.
• The Villanova transfer earned six steals alone against Maryland, marking the first time a Wildcat has had five or more steals in a game since Jon Axel Gudmundsson had five against George Mason in January 2019.

• In just his first three games of college basketball, freshman Bobby Durkin has been sensational.
• The Illinois native shot 4-of-8 (13 pts) in his collegiate debut against Washington & Lee, and topped that with a 5-of-8 effort from the floor, including four three’s, against Maryland last Friday night.
• The rookie leads the ‘Cats in scoring with 12.0 points per game, shooting 54.5% from the floor and 53.3% from three-point range.

• On January 27, 2003, then-freshman Matt McKillop came off the bench and scored a season-high 24 points during an 80-71 win at East Tennesee State.

• Among Matt McKillop‘s 10 returners include Preseason All-Defensive selection Grant Huffman.
• Huffman’s recognition marks Davidson’s first preseason or postseason A-10 All-Defensive Team honor and is just the second defensive conference nod for a Wildcat, after Max Paulhus Gosselin’s 2009 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year award.
• A two-time team captain, Huffman is averaging 10.3 points, 5.3 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game through the first three contests of the season.
• The Ohio native is 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and shooting 39.3% (11-28) from the field while running the Wildcats’ offense.

• Davidson and ETSU last met nearly 19 years ago, in a nail-biter that made former head coach Bob McKillop the all-time leader for Southern Conference victories.

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