Super Stephen

By Eric D. Graham
Updated: March 25, 2008

NORTH CAROLINA — Despite being overlooked by several ACC schools, sophomore sensation Stephen Curry has become the new “face” of college basketball.

Curry, the son of NBA sharp-shooter and former Charlotte Hornet Del Curry, came into the NCAA Tournament as the nation’s fifth leading scorer by averaging 25.1 ppg, and 10th in nation in free-throw percentage at 89.8 percent.

Curry, who seems to have developed shooter’s amenesia, because he keeps shooting even when he misses. But honestly, he rarely misses. The non-stop scoring machine is averaging 35 points a game in the tournament so far.

In Davidson’s 82-76 opening win against Gonzaga, Curry hit 8 of 10 three-pointers, scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half, and hit the tie-breaking trey with a minute left.

Sunday, Curry scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half as Davidson rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to stun Georgetown.

With two impressive wins over the seventh-seed (Gonzaga) and second seed (Georgetown), Curry and the Davidson Wildcats’ are the new “cinderella story” of the Sweet 16.

Davidson, who started the season at 4-6, currently have the longest winning streak in the nation at 24. (Sorry, Tracy McGrady!!!).

Oddly, Davidson’s six regular season losses occurred against five tournament teams: Western Michigan (76-83), North Carolina (68-72), Duke (73-76), and UCLA (63-75). The other loss was to North Carolina State (65-66).

This tough regular season schedule has, however prepared the Davidson Wildcats for the competition they are currently facing.

With another great shooting performance by Curry against third-seeded Wisconsin, the Davidson Wildcats could see themselves in the Final Four.

If the shoe fits, wear it!!

So, keep shooting Stephen Curry.