“It did it for me,” said Cohen, the 6-foot-10 forward who is Davidson’s leading scorer and rebounder. “To see Davidson on that national stage and be successful showed me that not only could Davidson provide me with a great academic situation, but it could put me on a national stage in a place to do something where I could really be successful.”
Said Brooks, “I was a local guy (from Charlotte). Seeing Davidson going on the ‘08 run shows how far the program, no matter how big or how small the conference is, as long as you come in and do the work . . . Davidson verified that with hard work and great teammates and discipline, you can go anywhere you want.”
If Marquette loses to Davidson, it won’t be for a lack of respect or looking to a possible rematch with future conference member Butler.
“Believe me, we know plenty about Davidson now,” guard Trent Lockett said. “They’re very well-rounded, very disciplined. They’re very physical as well. I think we agree as a team that they’re better than a 14th seed. They’re a very good team that we cannot take lightly.”
Marquette coach Buzz Williams has been particularly sensitive to the fact his team has been targeted as a 3-14 upset special.
“Well, according to all the pundits — I noticed they’re not in the audience now — nobody has picked us to win,” Williams said. “So it may be the 3-14 Cinderella story.”
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