Gameday: Davidson

It’s Stephen Curry’s 3-point-happy alma mater against the steady, inside-out attack of Hawaii in tonight’s nightcap and Diamond Head Classic consolation semifinal at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Davidson Wildcats (4-5) hit a ridiculous number of triples — 26 — in their season opener against Charleston Southern. They’re also elite when it comes to swinging the ball, at roughly a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio as a team.

Davidson of the Atlantic 10 hits better than 10 3s a game. UH’s season high was 10, against Hawaii Hilo. Davidson is favored by six.

Look for Mike Thomas to bounce back after being held without a field goal and having an overall rough night against No. 6 Miami in Friday’s first round.

Of course, somebody for UH will have to step up and make 3s tonight. Jack Purchase is coming off a season-high three in the loss to the Hurricanes.

Forward Peyton Aldridge leads Davidson with 22 points per game. He had a step-back 3-pointer to beat New Mexico State carom off the iron at the buzzer on Friday.

Wildcats coach Bob McKillop is in his 29th year at the school near Charlotte, N.C.. He’s the fourth-longest tenured coach in the country.


Also, worth mentioning that UH is locked into the 9:30 a.m. time slot on Christmas morning, regardless of whether that’s the fifth- or seventh-place game.


  1. cappie the dog December 23, 2017 10:57 pm

    I like how Jack Purchase didn’t crack a smile after his attempted three got lodged against the rim. It was funny to me, but not him. His demeanor tells me that his overall performance is a disappointment to himself.

    I would like to see Ido start and have Thomas come off the bench for the time being.

  2. Kahuna December 24, 2017 8:13 am

    Ido need to contine to work on his hands. This offense involves a whole lot of passing. If he cannot handle the passes, he is a liability on offense.

    He just need to continue to work and he will see the results later. UH have a roster full of young men that improved as they grow.

  3. cappie the dog December 24, 2017 1:36 pm

    I have modest hopes for Ido.

    I hope he becomes Davis Rozitis’ equal.

  4. Kahuna December 24, 2017 3:47 pm

    I would like to see Ganot or any of the coaches try to limit Ido’s moves. The guy gets the ball and try to pump fake multiple times. I would like to see him receive the ball…..survey his position and make a decision to pass back out or make a quick move. The guy have the tendency to take too long and he also like to pump fake, pivot and pump fake again. By that time, defensive help is there and he get the ball stolen.

    He can get away with that only once a game. After one of those pump fakes, the defender wise up and don’t go for the fake and let help come in and steal the ball.

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