NIT Basketball Tournament First Round: Davidson takes on an old foe, North Carolina State in tonight’s opening round

3/17/2021

DAVIDSON COLLEGE WILDCATS
Seed: Second
Overall Record: 13-8 | Atlantic 10 Record: 7-4
Head Coach: Bob McKillop (Hofstra, 1972)
Career Record: 607-372 (32nd season)
Record at Davidson: Same

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Date: March 17-20, 25, 27 & 28
Locations: Denton & Frisco, Texas
Sites: UNT Coliseum | Comerica Center
Radio: Davidson Radio Network
TV: ESPN, ESPN2
Video: WatchESPN.com
Live Stats: DavidsonWildcats.com
 
DAVIDSON POSTSEASON HISTORY
NCAA Tournament Appearances (Last): 14 (2018)
NCAA Tournament Record: 8-15
NIT Appearances (Last): 9 (2019)
NIT Record: 3-8
CBI Appearances (Last): 1 (2011)
CBI Record: 1-1
Postseason Record: 12-23
Bob McKillop‘s Postseason Appearances: 18 (NCAA – 9 | NIT – 8 | CBI – 1)
McKillop’s Postseason Record: 7-17

SERIES RECORD
Series Record: NC State leads, 69-14
 
WILDCAT SCRATCHES
• Davidson, which finished third in the Atlantic 10 standings, enters 13-8 overall.
• The Wildcats are making their 24th postseason appearance (14 – NCAA, 9 – NIT, 1 – CBI) in school history and 18th under head coach Bob McKillop.
• Davidson’s last NIT appearance came in 2019 when it fell to eventual runner-up Lipscomb, 89-81.
• Then-sophomore Kellan Grady paced the Wildcats with 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting, including five 3-pointers.
• Grady, a four-time all-conference performer, is just 10 points shy of becoming the sixth player in school history to score 2,000 points.
• In addition to his first-team all-league selection this season, Grady was named A-10 All-Tournament and NABC All-District earlier this week.
• Davidson and NC State have met 83 times on the hardwood, including Dec. 6, 2008, a game the Wildcats won at Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), 72-67, behind 44 points from Stephen Curry.
 
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
•  Through 21 games, Davidson’s starting backcourt of Kellan Grady (17.3), Hyunjung Lee (13.5), and Carter Collins (11.2) account for 58.1 percent of the Wildcats’ offense, while combining to average 42.0 points per game.
• The trio has combined for 17 20-point outings and accounted for 142 of the ‘Cats’ 209 3-pointers this season.
• Their 142 3-pointers made is more than 95 teams in the country have hit.
• Luka Brajkovic is also averaging double figures for Davidson contributing 10.7 per outing.
• The last time Davidson had a rebounding margin of at least +5.0 was during the 2011-12 campaign.
 
.500 | .400 | .900 CLUB
• Refers to players that have shot at least 50% overall, 40% from 3-point land and 90% at the free-throw line.
• Sophomore Hyunjung Lee concluded the regular season shooting .503 overall, .436 from 3-point land and .905 at the charity stripe.
• The native of South Korea enters the Postseason NIT at .511 | .439 | .896.
• Only 10 men’s college basketball players have accomplished this feat since ’92-93.
 
GET BETTER EVERY DAY
• One of the Wildcats’ philosophies is to get better every day, and Davidson has seen the fruits of that labor at the end of the year.
• Since 2003-04, the Wildcats own a 105-31 record in the month of February.
• Davidson is 49-28 in March during that time.

COURTESY THE NIT

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