March Madness archive: Steph Curry’s 40-point game against Gonzaga

If you didn’t know about Steph Curry before the 2008 NCAA Tournament, odds are you did following his magical run that year.

Before Curry became a superstar guard for the Golden State Warriors, he was leading Davidson College. Curry and the Wildcats were the No. 10 seed in the Midwest bracket, and their first opponent was No. 7 seed Gonzaga. On March 21, 2008, he burst onto the national scene and led Davidson to an 82-76 first-round win over the Bulldogs.

Curry scored a game-high 40 points, tallied five steals and shot 8-of-10 from the 3-point line. Following the win, Curry and the Wildcats weren’t done busting brackets.

Davidson went on to beat No. 2 seed Georgetown in the second round, and then the Wildcats defeated No. 3 seed Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. Davidson made it as far as the Elite Eight but lost to the eventual champion Kansas in a close 59-57 defeat.

Curry averaged 32 points in four games. He shot 46.7% from the field and 44.2% from beyond the arc. He was on the Midwest bracket’s All-Region Team, and named the region’s Most Outstanding Player, according to Sports Reference.

Like other players, the tournament helped Curry gain a boost in draft stock. He declared for the NBA Draft in 2009 after his junior year and was selected seventh overall.

As a junior, he averaged a career-high 28.6 points per game and shot 38.7% from 3-point range.

Curry played three seasons at Davidson, compiling career averages of 25.3 points per game and a 3-point percentage of 41.2%.

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