Detroit Mercy Youngstown St Basketball

Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis reacts after a 3-point basket against Youngstown State during the Horizon League quarterfinals Thursday, March 2, 2023, in Youngstown, Ohio.

I write in reference to the article about Antoine Davis, the Detroit Mercy basketball player who was upset about his team not being invited to a postseason tournament that would have given him a chance to break Pete Maravich’s NCAA scoring record.

At the end of the season, he was four points short of that record. He was quoted as saying, “I feel like I got cheated out of something that they can’t ever give back to me” because he didn’t get a chance to play one more game.

Was Davis cheated out of a chance to break Maravich’s record? Detroit Mercy’s record was 14-19. Is this a tournament-worthy team?

Davis played for five years compared to three for Maravich. Davis competed in 144 games while Maravich competed in 83 (that is just short of 75% more games).

Davis scored 588 career 3-pointers. Maravich played before the introduction of the 3-point line.

So, Davis played two more years, played in 61 more games, and scored 588 points more than Maravich for the same number of goals made, and he feels like he got cheated.

From my point of view, no pun intended, Davis was at least 592 points short of the record. Given the data, can he be objectively compared to Pistol Pete?



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