WhatIfSports.com and CollegeHoops.net have partnered up to bring you Cinderella Madness 2012. This college basketball simulation tournament features 16 of the most memorable Cinderella stories from the past eight seasons. We invited teams outside the BCS conferences, seeded 7th or lower that advanced to the Sweet 16 or beyond. Teams were seeded 1 through 16 and then games were simulated using WhatIfSports.com's award-winning college basketball simulation engine. Each match was "played" 501 times.
Semifinals: 2006-06 George Mason vs 2007-08 Davidson
Mason beat '04 UAB and '04 Nevada to reach the semis. Davidson topped '11 Richmond and then '10 Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals.
Bob McKillop's crew is quickly gaining a rep for
their last-second heroics, and the Wildcats were propelled by
another buzzer-beater in Cinderella Madness, this time with backup William
Archambault serving as star in Davidson's 74-72 upending of George Mason to
earn their way into the championship round.
In a matchup featuring two of the more celebrated mid-majors battling for a spot to slide into Cinderella's glass slipper, the Patriots appeared in control for most of the contest, building an 11-point advantage with nine minutes to go in the second half. Yet Davidson answered with a fury of lay-ups and long balls, tying the game with just two minutes to go. After Lamar Butler and Steph Curry traded jumpers, the Davison defense was able to post a crucial stop, giving the Wildcats a chance to take the lead with just seconds remaining. The assassin Curry was wide with his attempt, but a heads-up play by the shooting guard led to his own rebound, which was then kicked out to the seldom-used Archambault. A sweet fadaway found nothing but net, propelling the Wildcats to glory.
Curry once again led the Wildcats, throwing in 25 points and coming up big on the defensive end with three steals and two swats. Andrew Lovedale contributed with 14 points and nine boards, and Jason Richards had another solid outing to the tune of 10 points, seven assists and six boards.
Player of the game: Stephen Curry (25 points, 2 blocks, 3 steals)
Winning Percentage of 501 Simulations: '08 Davidson 61.9% - '06 George Mason 38.1%
Game Recap: Davidson 72 - George Mason 69 (Boxscore)
Check back tomorrow for the Finals. More Cinderella Madness with the complete bracket.