Antoine Davis takes goal at Pete Maravich’s NCAA scoring document

Antoine Davis is on the verge of breaking a scoring document as soon as thought of untouchable — and, in some methods, stays so.

Detroit Mercy’s star guard wants simply 26 factors to surpass Pete Maravich because the NCAA’s profession scoring chief. Davis, who leads the nation with a 28.4 factors per recreation common, can break “Pistol” Pete’s revered 53-year-old mark Thursday night time in a Horizon League match recreation in opposition to top-seeded Youngstown State.

Davis scored 38 on Tuesday night time in a win over Purdue Fort Wayne to advance the eighth-seeded Titans and shut in on the mark that Maravich set as an All-American for LSU from 1967-70.

Just weeks after LeBron James went previous Kareem Abdul-Jabbar because the NBA’s profession scoring chief, Davis has an opportunity to high Maravich, the Hall of Famer his father had him research whereas studying to play as a child.

A gifted shooter and scorer, the sleek 6-foot-1 Davis may have his work minimize out to interrupt the document in opposition to the Penguins, who held him to fifteen factors on Jan. 29 at Youngstown State. He additionally dropped 32 on them within the first assembly this season.

Davis already holds a number of NCAA information, together with consecutive video games in double figures (143) and 3-pointers (584). He’s seven 3s away from Stephen Curry’s document of 162 in a season.

Davis has scored 3,642 factors in 142 video games, whereas it took Maravich simply 83 to get 3,667 throughout three seasons for the Tigers when he was generally known as a lot for a shaggy haircut and droopy socks as his on-court wizardry.

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Unlike Davis, who was granted a fifth yr of eligibility because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Maravich didn’t play as a freshman — it wasn’t allowed on the time — and there was additionally no 3-point line or shot clock, inserting a premium on each possession.

It’s mind-boggling to think about that Maravich, who died in 1988 at age 40 after struggling a coronary heart assault whereas taking part in in a pickup recreation, averaged 44.2 factors with out taking or making a single 3-pointer.

Along with their scoring proclivity, Davis and Maravich share one thing else: Both performed school ball whereas being coached by their fathers.

Mike Davis has credited dropping his job at UAB and shifting his household to Houston, the place his son, then in center college labored out with former NBA coach John Lucas, with altering the trajectory of his taking part in profession.

To complement the hours working with Lucas, Davis had his son watch educational movies of Maravich, who had a present for making dribbling, passing and capturing look simple.

“A lot of times people can do things, but they can’t teach it,” Mike Davis advised Yahoo Sports. “Pete could actually teach it. The way he explained how he did things, it was so simple. You didn’t have to be a basketball coach to understand.”

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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