'06 Geo. Mason
Bob McKillop's crew is quickly gaining a rep for their last-second heroics, and the Wildcats were propelled by another buzzer-beater in Cinderella Madness, this time with backup William Archambault serving as star in Davidson's 74-72 upending of George Mason to earn its way into the championship round.
In a matchup featuring two of the more celebrated mid-majors battling for a spot to slide into Cinderella's glass slipper, the Patriots appeared in control for most of the contest, building an 11-point advantage with nine minutes to go in the second half. Davidson answered with a flurry of lay-ups and long balls, tying the game with just two minutes to go. After Lamar Butler and Steph Curry traded jumpers, the Davidson defense got a crucial stop, giving the Wildcats a chance to take the lead with just seconds remaining. The assassin Curry was wide with his attempt, but a heads-up play by the shooting guard led to his own rebound, which he then kicked out to the seldom-used Archambault. A sweet fadaway found nothing but net, propelling the Wildcats to glory.
Curry once again led the Wildcats, throwing in 25 points and coming up big on the defensive end with three steals and two swats. Andrew Lovedale added 14 points and nine boards, and Jason Richards had another solid outing with 10 points, seven assists and six boards.
Player of the game: Stephen Curry (25 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals)
Winning Percentage of 501 Simulations:
'08 Davidson 61.9% - '06 George Mason 38.1%