2013 Tournament Breakdown: Southern Conference

Saturday March 9th, 2013

If the regular season was any indication, Davidson might be the team to beat in the Southern tourney. (Icon SMI) If the regular season was any indication, Davidson might be the team to beat in the Southern tourney. (Icon SMI)

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Davidson may have disappointed a bit in some high-profile nonconference matchups, but it steamrolled through the SoCon during league play. The question is simple: Can anyone stop Davidson from getting the auto bid and immediately becoming a "team your 4-seed doesn't want" in the NCAAs? Georgia Southern is the only league foe to beat the Wildcats (somehow winning by 13 at home before losing last week at Davidson by 35) and that could be Davidson's quarterfinal opponent, but 3-seed College of Charleston is the best upset choice.

Key Matchup: No. 2 Elon vs. No. 3 College of Charleston (possible semifinal)

Elon takes a ton of threes. Charleston doesn't let you take many of them at all. Something would have to give. Elon is the 2-seed only because it was division champ of the non-Davidson North division while Charleston finished second behind the Wildcats in the South, even with a better league record than Elon. C of C is the better team, so an upset here could make it even more likely for Davidson to dance.

Team to Watch: Western Carolina?

The top three seeds are way better than the rest of the league, so if you need a super darkhorse, how about the team playing very close to its campus, and on the non-Davidson side of the bracket. If the Catamounts beat The Citadel in their opener, they draw C of C in a quarterfinal with designs on an upset that could change the dynamic of the event. They lost by two at home in the teams' only matchup.

Hottest Storyline: Charleston's last dance

The College of Charleston is leaving the SoCon after this season, moving on to the Colonial. Davidson earlier opted not to leave the league. Think there's a quiet preference around the conference as to who wins the auto bid this season? Just wondering.

The pick: Davidson

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