January 19, 2012; Davidson, NC, USA; Davidson Wildcats head coach Bob McKillop talks to his team before they play against the Charleston Cougars at the John Belk Arena at Davidson College. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Charlotte 49ers Basketball: How's that team up the road (Davidson) doing?

Approximately 21 miles north of Charlotte, right off I-77, lies the town of Davidson (it is a town–we checked), and inside it, the small college that gave the town its name.  But we don’t need to remind you that the Davidson Wildcats have been doing big things of late, and because of that, December 5 is circled on the calendars of many Charlotte 49ers fans.

Of course, Charlotte crushed them at Halton last year (84-61) to go to 6-2 on the season.  That was supposed to be a sign of great things to come for this squad, right?

Wrong.  The Niners went 7-14 the rest of the way and were a one and done in the A-10 tournament.  The Wildcats, meanwhile, went 19-5 en route to an NCAA tournament appearance where they lost in the first second round by seven to Louisville–which, of course, ended up going to the Final Four.

So how are the Davidson Wildcats doing?  So far this year, not too bad.  They lost a close one at a highly touted New Mexico team that was receiving votes, then to a very good Milwaukee team.  Their wins en route to Sunday’s Old Spice Classic final against #17 Gonzaga have been against Vandy and West Virginia, no slouches in and of themselves.

Needless to say, Davidson has been on the right side of college hoops history for much of the past decade.  But when they get together with the Niners at Belk Arena on December 5 in another edition of the Carolinas’ most bitter college sports rivalry, throw out all the record books.

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