DETROIT -- Stephen Curry simply tugged at his red Davidson jersey and pumped his fist at the end of the Wildcats' 73-56 win against Wisconsin.
This convincing victory didn't have the wild hugs and emotion of Davidson's prior two victories in the NCAA Tournament. Friday's win -- which moved the Wildcats within a win of the Final Four -- showed Davidson belonged among the elite.
"There is just such a sense of confidence that these guys have now," Davidson coach Bob McKillop said.
That confidence starts with Curry, who seized the game in the second half. He scored 20 of his 33 points after halftime, including 11 during a 14-2 run that gave the Wildcats command. Davidson led 60-45 at that point and Wisconsin never got closer than 14 points in the final 10 minutes.
The 12th-seeded Wildcats have that Cinderella charm, but Davidson also showed a giant's grit. Wildcats players harassed Wisconsin players into poor shots in the second half, and held the third-seeded Badgers (31-5) to 20 points.
"We've seen that all year," forward Thomas Sander said of Curry, whose father, Dell Curry, played in the NBA. "I'm just glad people across the country get to see how good he is now."
The only drama Curry faced came before the game, when he lost his game shoes at the team hotel. He had been sending e-mails at the computer lab there -- his own laptop keeps crashing because of an overload of e-mails -- and forgot his kicks. But he found another big game once he arrived at Ford Field.
"This win says we aren't overwhelmed by anybody," Curry said. "We aren't changing anything for any team."