Favorite(s)- Davidson 23-7 17-1
Since the pre-season prognostications came out this fall, the Southern Conference was Davidson’s to lose, and the Wildcats haven’t disappointed. Bob McKillop’s squad won the regular season title going away, 17-1 in conference and with balance (7 guys averaging over 7 points a game) and a veteran squad (8 seniors and juniors) there may not be a Steph Curry but this team should be considered just as dangerous.
Contender(s)- Charleston 22-9 14-4, Elon 20-10 13-5
If there are any contenders I guess they would have to be the conference’s two other 20 win teams. The Charleston Cougars 14-4 in the conference but that was only good enough for 2nd in the southern division. They did beat Elon in their only meeting, and they do have something in common with Davidson, they also were beaten by an under .500 Georgia Southern.
The Elon Phoenix won the north division going away as well but they were the only team with an overall record over .500. They do have an early-season 12 point win at South Carolina and a six man rotation that they ride heavy (all averaging 25+ minutes) and a formidable inside-out combo with junior forward Lucas Troutman and guard Jack Isenbarger.
Team Likely to pull an upset- None.
3 Key Players- Jake Cohen-Davidson, Lucas Troutman-Elon, Nathan Healy-Appalachian State
Jake Cohen has led to Davidson to yet another 20+ win season and a seemingly inevitable trip to the Big Dance. The junior forward nets 14.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Cohen had a game of the year against Montana in Bracket Busters when he went for 28 points, four rebounds and four assists in an overtime win. Cohen is key because the Wildcats frontcourt depth is thin, he is the only guy over 6-7 who gets significant minutes.
Elon’s junior forward Lucas Troutman is the key for the Phoenix, he nets 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds and for Elon to give teams like Charleston and Davidson a run is for Troutman to play a big role.
Much like many of the other chasers in the SoCon, Appalachian State’s Nathan Healy must outperform his 14.6 point and 7.9 rebound average for the Mountaineers challenge the teams ahead of them in the conference.
2013 SOUTHERN TOURNAMENT
March 8-11 Asheville, NC
#8 Wofford vs. #9 Georgia Southern
#5 Samford vs. #12 Furman
#7 Chattanooga vs. #10 UNC-Greensboro
#6 Western Carolina vs. #11 Citadel
#8/9 vs. #1 Davidson
#4 Appalachian State vs. #5/12
#2 Elon vs. #7/10
#3 Charleston vs. #6/11