In 26 years at Davidson College, head basketball coach Bob McKillop has won 495 games, made the NCAA tournament seven times and shepherded a small, lightly recruited Charlottean on a path toward NBA stardom.
But the team McKillop has constructed this season may be his greatest masterpiece of all.
Picked to finish 12th in its first year in the Atlantic 10, Davidson instead shocked even its most diehard fans by finishing first.
"I'm shocked, too," McKillop said this week as we talked in his office - which is so close to his house across the street from Davidson's campus that he frequently walks to work. "I'm shocked by the consistency of success the players have had."