Two Davidson fans went to Ann Arbor Saturday and they wore their Davidson garb. The Michigan fans were nice to them. Congratulated them on their school’s work in the tournament and didn’t hold Appalachian State’s upset victory of the Wolverines last fall against them.
So maybe what coaches tell little kids is true and sports do promote fellowship and good will.
Or maybe the fans don’t realize that Davidson and Appalachian State play in the same conference.
Talking to fans and writers and broadcasters in Detroit two things are apparent. The first is that everybody who does not have a lifelong or blood connection to Kansas is pulling for Davidson. The other is that nobody is giving the Wildcats a chance to win.
I’m not going to offer a prediction other than to say that what applied for the Jay hawks in their easy victory against Villanova will not necessarily apply against the Wildcats. And what worked for Davidson against the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds will not necessarily work against top-seeded Kansas.
Teams start over every game. There is no momentum.
And, personally, I make my picks before the tournament and, once made, I don’t change them. I had Wisconsin advancing to the Final four.
Moreover, I want to enjoy this game and appreciate the moment and recognize the possibilities. If the favorite always wins, what fun would the tournament be? If we know what we’re going to see, why show up?
I wouldn’t be here. Davidson wouldn’t, either.
Talked to Kansas guard Mario Chalmers Saturday. He says he has relatives in North Carolina, and one day they brought him to Grady Cole Center to shoot baskets. Grady Cole is where the Charlotte Hornets practiced and, as Chalmers was walking in, Hornet guard Dell and Stephen Curry were walking out.
There have been many questions about Stephen’s greatness, and why nobody saw it coming as recently as two years ago.
So I asked Chalmers if he could tell at Grady Cole that Curry would someday be great.
“No,” he said.