Bracket Projection: Davidson

De'Mon Brooks' versatility was a factor in Davidson's winning the Southern Conference title. Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports

Davidson enters the NCAA tournament on a 17-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, after having won the South Division of the Southern Conference and the league tournament title. The Wildcats won't be a desirable first-round opponent, given their previous exploits in the NCAAs. Just five years ago, led by Stephen Curry, they took out Gonzaga, Wisconsin and Georgetown to get to an Elite Eight matchup against Kansas and had every opportunity to win that game and advance to the Final Four. Can the Wildcats pull off an upset or two this season?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

Another popular upset pick, someone will have to explain how Davidson can score enough to upset rough-and-ready Marquette. This is a good Davidson team, not a great one, although it figures to hang around for 30 minutes or more before bowing out gracefully. The real question for me is whether or not the school wants to take on the challenge of a tougher conference going forward.


Best wins: Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Richmond

Worst losses: at Georgia Southern