Arkansan Provides Reason To Root FOR Duke

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Apr. 5, 2010 2:34 pm  

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Duke hate is alive and well as the school enters tonight's NCAA title game against Butler. Columnists and radio hosts across the country are trotting out their reasons for disliking the Blue Devils.

Locally, folks are no different. A good number of Arkansans root against the private school located in Durham, N.C., a dislike that runs back to 1994 when Arkansas knocked off Duke in the national title game.

And that's fine. But here is a reason to root FOR the Blue Devils tonight.

Senior reserve Jordan Davidson is from Arkansas. He's from Melbourne, which is located Batesville-ish if you're unfamiliar with the Izard County community of 1,685.

Davidson, a 6-1, 180-pound guard, followed his brother as a Duke player. Patrick Davidson walked-on for the Blue Devils from 2003-05.

No, Davidson doesn't play much. He's appeared in 21 games and averaged 2.6 minutes per game entering tonight's national championship.

Davidson, who underwent back surgery in June 2009 after sitting out the previous season, hit his first 3-pointer of the year in Saturday's Final Four victory against West Virginia. That brings his point total to nine points this season.

Sure, Davidson's on-court accomplishments won't blow anybody away. He's made the most of his time at the prestigious school, though. Davidson graduated last May with a  degree in psychology and is currently working on a masters of management studies.

So if you're looking for a reason not to hate Duke, Davidson's it.



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