Live Blogcast: Davidson vs. College of Charleston

Posted by Bob Biscigliano in ,

It's 5:36 PM and I'm mentally prepping for my first live blogcast. Nerves are flaring up and my finger tips are really sweaty. I will be live blogcasting as I watch the game on ESPN2. Tip off is 6 PM...
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5:47 PM: FYI: I will update you through the live webbychat to the right when you should refresh your browser. I'm planning on writing at worst every 15 minutes. I'm still mentally prepping and waiting for this Southern Illinois nonsense to finish.
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5:55 PM I'm wondering if the Davidson game won't start until this game is over or if it will start regardless, at 6 PM. I'm hoping they'll wait for the telecast to switch over. I'm thinking if Dickie V is calling the game, they will wait.
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6:01 PM Dickie V whispering sweet nothings into Steph's ear as he warms up. Steph is unphased. Hopefully that was a live feed and they are going to wait for this stupid game to finish before starting that one.
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6:04 PM Michigan vs. #1 UConn is on ESPN at the same time. I'd love to see the Nielsen ratings of these two games. Will more people view Davidson (Steph Curry and Dickie V) or the #1 UConn vs. upset potential Michigan?
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6:11 PM Missed just under a minute. A few things to look for in this game: Steph Curry, Rossiter playing really well lately, and D-Block fan section (that I was proudly a part of ) that is behind opponent's bench
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6:14 PM Steph misses his first shot. CofC has a pretty sweet alley oop. Nuts were implanted on Lovedale's forehead.
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6:16 PM Black out Belk arena by the way. Everyone wearing free t-shirts passed out by entrances. 10-2 COUGARS. Steph gets a shot blocked.
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6:20 PM Steph has 7 points in a hurry. After Lovedale nearly breaks the backboard on a block, Steph hits an NBA three pointer. Dickie Vitale calls him "downtown Curry" and feels a tingle in his pants. I feel it too.
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6:26 PM Charleston looks pretty good right now. Cougars up 18-14. Curry just put in a nice floater off the glass before CofC answered. FYI: Just got word from the D-Block fan section behind the opponents bench: The shirts will be coming off soon.
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6:35 PM Halfway through the first half. Steph has 11, but the Cats trail the Cougars 29-20. Charleston crashing the boards tough right now and hitting three pointers. I'd love to see Dan Nelms never take baby hook shots again.
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6:37 PM "Nothing but nylon!" as Dickie V said. Curry dribbled through the entire CofC team, dished it off, got it back, dribble, step back shot and swish. He has 14. 29-23 CofC, though. Time out. I'm out of snacks.
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6:45 PM CofC is on fire. They are up 6. Four minutes remaining in the first half. I really love how much Lovedale has improved since his freshman year. He basically came to Davidson from Nigeria as a big guy who had little to none basketball experience. He has developed into a valuable asset to this team, as he showed in the tournament last year. He averages nearly a double double per game.
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6:53 PM "Magical, magnificent, marvelous!" Steph Curry has 19 as he hit another downtown shot. Sonya, his mother, pounds her chest and points to Jesus (Dell is watching other son, Seth play at Liberty). Ben Allison swishes two free throws to give Davidson their first lead of the game. That's another player to watch out for as he continues to develop. He will give the Cats another weapon in the post come tourney time. Look out! Will NoArchambault hits a three in the corner and leaves his limp wrist up for emphasis. He's Canadian.
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6:57 PM Curry loses track of the shot clock and turns it over. College of Charleston misses shot to end the half. Cats up two heading into the locker room. Everyone, go take a poop, grab a new round of beers; do whatever it takes for you to get ready for what looks to be an exciting second half. See you then.
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7:01 PM UPDATE FROM ESPN---Michigan leading #1 UCONN by one at the half.
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7:12 PM Some people drink Myoplex to refuel, or Red Bull to get fired up, I'm drinking ice cold Bud Lights. I'm jacked up for the second half. Predictions for Stephen Curry point total? I'm going to say 40+. Dick Vitale might take his shirt off if that happens. D-Block has a great Dickie V cardboard sign by the way. Second half about to start....
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7:16 PM Dickie V was clowning at halftime. He's bragging about kissing Sonya Curry at halftime and then tells her Steph gets all his good looks from her. All behind Dell's back, that sleaze ball. What a clown that Dickie V is. Meanwhile, Curry hits an effortless three-pointer. 22 points. Cats up 7 now.
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7:25 PM Dickie V mosh pitted the D-Block before the game and praises them during the telecast. Amazing to see. Wish I was still there. Notice all the shaved heads in the D-Block... freshman baseball players. Bryant Barr is on fire (he's the one that looks like Powder) has 9 so far this half. Cats up 13, pulling away comfortably.
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7:32 PM What really impresses me is the ability of Davidson's big men to hit free throws. Cats up 12. College of Charleston coach is an angry man.
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7:35 PM They are talking about Curry coming back for his senior year. I've always believed this, but it will be tough to pass up a top 10 draft spot. However, I know his grandma, a big influence in his life, really wants him to graduate. Barring an injury, I don't think he'll fall in the draft. They lose Lovedale next season, but other than that they return everyone else. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
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7:43 PM Stephen Curry sharing all his points with his roommate Bryant Barr. Barr has 13, despite two airballs. If he keeps shooting those threes he's going to seriously hurt somebody. My 40+ point prediction for Steph does not look good. Cats only up two with 8:29 to go.
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7:52 PM Dickie V is saying Curry is so unselfish, sometimes to a fault. If he doesn't shoot soon, I'm going to have to agree here. Curry looks like he wants the ball here. Time out Davidson. Time out me. I need to regroup.
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7:59 PM This game is wayyyy closer than I want it to be. Davidson up one with about four minutes to go. Curry has been invisible and his mom looks nervous. I have a feeling we're going to be seeing some Curry magic soon. BTW: I have debated with people before as to whether Davidson would make the tourney as an at large team, if they didn't win their conference tournament. Dickie V confirmed that they would absolutely be a March Madness team, even if they didn't. My thoughts exactly, unless of course, they lose a few during this regular season-- which they shouldn't. Back to the action. I'm taking my pants off.
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8:05 PM That was definitely a push by #5 of CofC there (I don't want to refer to them by name, but it's Jermaine Johnson if you're wondering). Cougars up 4 with 1:43 left. I'm utterly ashamed right now. Where is Stephen Curry!?!?!? Missed his last 7.
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8:07 PM Sonya tells her son to get some heart. I attempt to curse in the live chat and am told by the system that there is little tolerance for such language. Lovedale with an easy layup and a timeout. Cats trail by two with 53 seconds remaining.
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8:10 PM Stephen Curry is absolutely frigid. 0 for his last nine. Davidson down four with 19 seconds left. 43 game conference win streak on the line.
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8:12 PM Archambault shoots the three with 9 seconds left, that's probably the last person I want shooting in a situation like that. He's been absolutely atrocious the last four games. He needs to figure his shit out. Curry almost hits an "and one" three pointer after Charleston misses two free throws. Curry at the line shooting three, Cats down 4.
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8:16 PM Curry hits his first two free throws. Time out. What do you do in a situation like this!?!?! 3 seconds left, down two with your best free throw shooter at the line.
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8:17 PM Curry is a man, so he decided to make the free throw. 25 points. Tony White Jr. fouled on the inbound. 2 seconds left, Cats down two with two seconds left. Missed the second free throw, rebound Lovedale! Time out Davidson.
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8:21 PM Amazing play drawn up by Bob McKillop. Curry has what looks like a great look at the basket and he is blocked from behind by Wiggins. Wiggins deserves the Superman logo on his chest this game. He did a fantastic job on Curry all second half. I'm going to go throw up. Charleston wins. Terrible loss.
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8:26 PM I have puke dripping down from my chin. I look like hell. I can't believe Davidson let this one slip away. I think Curry got complacent and didn't try and assert himself enough in the second half. Archambault was awful and Bryant Barr thought he was Larry Bird all of a sudden because he hit a few shots. Davidson comes one win shy of breaking the Southern Conference record for consecutive wins at 49.

Thanks everyone who stuck with me throughout the game. This was basically a test run for future live blogcasts. I plan on doing this some during the March Madness, Tigers season, and particular playoff games. Leave some feedback and let me know what you think, so I can work on making this better next time...

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