MORE: Photos from Davidson's 2008 NCAA Tournament run. Stephen Curry and Jason Richards of Davidson during the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, March 21, 2008 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. That was the 2008 season Calipari and Memphis nearly won the national championship. March 21, 2008. As the seconds drained away, CBS play-by-play man Gus Johnson shouted that Curry “may not give this up.” But as Richards rotated out past the three-point line to help his teammate, Kansas’ Sherron Collins left him and and got in Curry’s face. Close. The Wildcats, a No. He would be after March 2008. 11 West Virginia vs. No. Following the first regional final game, on Sunday is the 2008 NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament final between Davidson and Kansas. Curry finished with 40 points, 30 of them in that mind-blowing second half. “It still is a very vibrant, very vivid, exhilarating memory that touches everyone in the Davidson community. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. Richards was the picture of agony, falling on to his back as the Jayhawks celebrated around him. LeBron James. The Wildcat sophomore making a lot of the magic was named Stephen Curry. Stay up to date with the latest in college basketball recruiting news. But there was something else going on that spring. Post-Season NCAA Tournament. 2008 NCAA Tournament Results for Round 1: Midwest Regional: #1 Kansas eliminated #16 Portland State 85-61 #2 Georgetown eliminated #15 UMBC 66-47 #3 Wisconsin eliminated #14 Cal State Fullerton 71-56 #4 Vanderbilt was upset by #13 Siena 83-62 #5 Clemson was upset by #12 Villanova 75-69 #6 Southern Cal was upset by #11 Kansas State 80-67 #7 Gonzaga was upset by #10 Davidson 82-76 #8 … Stephen Curry leads No. Davidson had the ball, down two, with less than 20 seconds to go. Davidson’s fortunes now rested not with the sweetest-shooting player on the planet but with … some other guy. davidson’s 2008 ncaa tournament run Davidson closed a 1-point favorite in the first round in nearby Raleigh, NC. Undaunted, he kept on firing. The 2008 NCAA Tournament The Wildcats finished the 2007-08 season 29-7 (20-0 in conference play) and were the No. That’s why we were in the positon we were, the last 10 seconds of the clock, down two.”. These are the essential Steph Curry college basketball stats, moments and best quotes from his career at Davidson. Davidson opened the NCAA Tournament against the school that defines mid-major basketball prowess: Gonzaga. 6 Florida in Saturday night thriller. Richards, who scored 20 points of his own, found Curry for yet another three that gave Davidson the lead. “People around the basketball world knew how good Steph was, but that put him on the map, because everyone watches the NCAA Tournament. That’s what kind of the whole season was, a build-up to March.”. In the Elite Eight, the baby-faced, rail-thin sophomore and his liberal-arts–school teammates took on No. Davidson defeats Gonzaga, 82-76, in NCAA Tournament; Live Blog: Davidson 82 Gonzaga 76; Davidson pre-game NCAA Tournament; Pictures from Thursday's Practice; Media Day at NCAA Tournament; NCAA Tournament Live Blog: Davidson vs. Gonzaga; EA Sports simulates Davidson to make Elite Eight trip; 2008 NCAA Tournament Upsets; No Pressure “America had heard about him, now they know about him!” exclaimed Jim Nantz at the buzzer. As a coach, you’re fortunate to have that for one game. You don’t want to shoot not to miss, you want to shoot to make it.”. NCAA.com broke down the all-time leading scorers for each one. With the Wildcats down by five inside the final minute, Richards found Curry on an inbounds pass. While Curry was getting the big headlines, Richards was having a big month himself. “In 2008, when you think about it, Facebook had just started,” Richards said. Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners. “I think about it a lot, especially at this time of year,” he says. “There was no Twitter really, there was no Instagram, there was no Snapchat. But junior forward Andrew Lovedale, born in Nigeria and raised in England, chased down the offensive rebound. “It was crazy,” Richards remembers. About logos. He released the three-pointer with 1:05 to play, and it was so pure it barely moved the net. “We didn’t think we were outmatched. Ten years later, the images of that March still warm Davidson. Very few expected Davidson to climb up the brackets and have a shot at the Final Four, but it's a fact, although the odds makers are skeptical for Davidson's future in the March Madness Tournament. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. Curry that night: “It’s pretty cool to give him something to be happy about and cheer about, and just entertain him.”. We thought we had a chance to beat them, just like we did any other team in that tournament. March Madness: 31 questions for college basketball’s best month, “Taking Jason Richards out with 7:42 to go in the game and a seven-point lead. Rugged guard Michael Flowers was the supposed “Curry stopper,” but Steph lit the Badgers up for 33 more points in a 73-56 rout. © 2020 NCAA | Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Curry goes for 30. March 21, 2008: Stephen Curry scores 40 points against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament The son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry, Steph wasn’t a five-star recruit in high school. But here they were with a compelling star, a fearless confidence, an affable coach, and a lovable story. The Wildcats storm back to win 74-70. All top-10 teams on the docket. It had worked against Georgetown. He knew where to pass it. If Curry, who’d scored 128 points in the tournament to that point, could sink a three-pointer, then Davidson—Davidson!—would beat the mighty Jayhawks. It was like David handing the slingshot to Saul. Includes stats, records, season-by-season results, and more. 1 seeds made the Final Four: Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA. “UNC played in the game after us, and all their fans were chanting for us. 3 seed Wisconsin and Davidson are tied 36-36 at halftime in Detroit’s Ford Field. “We always worked on special situations like that in practice, and attention to detail was key to our success,” Richards notes, “so Andrew’s rebound and kick-out to Steph was just second nature for him and us.” Curry had begun to retreat back on defense, but raced to the three-point line when he saw his team still had the ball. “Are you kidding me? “He got doubled teamed and flipped the ball back to me with one second left. Curry personally outscored Wisconsin 22-20 in the second half, as LeBron James watched from the stands and paid a royal visit to the victorious locker room. NCAA college basketball coverage at CBSSports.com. The only team in the Final Four we hadn’t played was Memphis. Richards would graduate that spring. But the legacy of 2008 was there for good. 2 seed Georgetown leads Davidson 46-29 with 17:52 left. He still replays that final play in his mind, wondering if they should’ve run a different offensive set—a play where he had the ball in his hands and Curry ran off screens to try and find an open look. I didn’t watch any of the games. Davidson went on to win 82-76. And one other thing about Davidson of 10 years ago. He is so old he covered Bob Knight when he had dark hair and basketball shorts were actually short.The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions. And one other thing about Davidson of 10 years ago. The Wildcats then took out Georgetown, and a week later they beat Wisconsin. 2 Georgetown in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008 (Midwest Region). The odds are against them, but they've been there before. “One thing I do remember is we weren’t nervous,” Richards said. He had no choice but to pass the ball. Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. It was an open look. 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Curry pointed to his parents in the stands as he retreated down court, even then playing to the moment. “From my angle it looked like it was going in.”, It didn’t even draw iron, bouncing off the backboard as the buzzer sounded. I welcome it when I’m asked about it, but not that many people remember my shot, fortunately. Especially working in college basketball this time of year, it obviously brings back memories, but I don’t sit back here and think what if, because I’d drive myself crazy. Curry hits 33, is picking up legions of new fans, including the familiar face applauding from his courtside seat. “I was a dual threat,” he says. Sweet 16, No. A tiny school, oozing with charm, started cutting down one giant after another in the NCAA Tournament, as the bandwagon filled every seat. 10 Davidson vs No. Like the rest of us, he watches Curry closely. The Wildcats nearly made the Final Four, but lost to the eventual champion Kansas Jayhawks 59-57. Gonzaga tied the game at 74 with 1:45 left, setting the stage for Curry’s first iconic moment of the tournament. The Bulldogs extended their zone almost to half-court to deny Curry the ball, and Quebecois guard Max Paulhus Gosselin—MPG to his teammates—missed a rushed jumper. 10 seed in the Midwest Region. The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is an annual single-elimination tournament featuring 65 teams representing all Division I Conferences in the nation. Davidson was awarded the 10th seed in the 2008 tournament and was expected to lose—another mid-major school that was supposed to be content with just making the NCAA tournament… In short order, Curry converted a four-point play, hit another three, and dished out a perfect pass to Lovedale for a layup. By then, Davidson was the perfect Cinderella story. “It changed the life of Davidson basketball. “It changed my life,” McKillop said. In 2008, Davidson defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Georgetown Hoyas, and Wisconsin Badgers to advance to the Elite Eight. Posted by /r/CollegeBasketball. “Kansas was big at every position,” Richards says, “especially guard. Davidson 82, Gonzaga 76. I can only imagine what it would be like if we had social media back then.”. He had led the nation in assists that season, as Robin to Curry’s Batman. That guard was Steph Curry, an eventual three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP. We had this tremendous sense of peace. Curry was averaging 26 points a game. No. The nation would learn that Davidson provided free laundry to its students – all 1,700 of them. Richards has to, from the next zip code. “He’s the reason I bought League Pass and stay up until 1:30 a.m.,” he says. Steph vs. the world. And when the Wildcats hit the Sweet 16, the school offered free bus transportation and ticket to any student who wanted to go to Detroit. The 2008 NCAA tournament was the first time that all four No. I was playing by the numbers, doing what I thought was right.”. “It turned into a double team,” Richards says. NCAA Tournament. Not just the basketball players at that time, but basketball players from every generation, alums from every generation, community people from every generation.”, MORE: Xavier basketball approaching history as first-ever Big East title is within reach vs. Providence. Stephen Curry scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half and little Davidson upset mighty Georgetown 74-70 on Sunday to reach the NCAA tournament's round of 16. Elite Eight, and the long, glorious ride finally ends against No. Richards fired from about 10 feet behind the arc, a bit to the right of the basket. But they have a chance to change that Thursday. Obviously I missed it, but I would take it again if I had the opportunity. Game Thread. Curry was back at Davidson the next season and led the nation in scoring, but the Wildcats could not recapture the same electricity. Second-seeded Georgetown and its tough defense, anchored by 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert, was next up. “When the Cavs came to Charlotte to play the Bobcats a few weeks later, the greatest player in the world—after Steph, that is!—invited all of us to be his guests.”, One obstacle remained between Davidson and the Final Four, but it was formidable. They just think about Steph being great in the tourney.”. 2008 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Teams . You can cancel anytime. Complete NCAA Tournament history for the Davidson Wildcats. The Selection Committeeseeded the entire field from 1 to 65 within four regionals of 16 teams; Mount St. Mary's, as the winner of the play-in game, automatically received a 16 seed. We became the darlings of that year, with Steph being our guy, our leader. We felt as if we had emptied our tank. CBSSports.com is your college basketball scores and news source. He contributed 20 points against Georgetown, 13 assists against Wisconsin. “I don’t think there’s ever been a question in anyone’s mind who was part of that experience of what could have happened. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. Curry that day on the feeling that anything he put up was going in: “I try to have that feeling every time I shoot to ball. Still, he has one second guess, and it’s not the final play. The Jayhawks were the top seed in the region, led by future pros Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, and Darrell Arthur, but the game was tight throughout. They’re back. “We had played UCLA. Now he’s director of basketball operations at Pittsburgh. You’ve run out of free articles. But we didn’t change anything, kept all our controlled freedom, as Coach McKillop called it, and as the game went along, our confidence got larger and larger.”. “It’s always in your mind, asking yourself, How could it have been different? Here are some of the best fathers and sons in the history of college basketball, including Glenn Robinson II and III, the Curry family and Marques and Kris Johnson. 1 seed Kansas, 59-57, with the Jayhawks desperately holding on at the end, double-teaming Curry the last possession. His career ended with an NIT second round loss at Saint Mary’s. With the chance to send his team to the Final Four, the future MVP and world champion passed the ball to a teammate. Davidson’s program has stayed solid, but the Wildcats have not won an NCAA Tournament game since. We were in a similar situation against UNC–Greensboro earlier in the year when our perfect conference record was on the line. “I certainly don’t have any desire to go back and look at some of that footage that might make me second guess.”. All rights reserved. “We were shocked,” Richards says. The Hoyas appeared to be too much for Davidson, taking a 17-point lead in the second half. Another Curry three, his fifth of the game, put Georgetown away. 2008 NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks, free of Davidson at last, jumped into each other’s arms, and soon after headed for San Antonio for the Final Four. NCAA Tournament The first two rounds of the 2008 NCAA College Basketball Tournament underscored simply how a long way parity has come within the men’s opposition as as a minimum 1 essential upset befell every 6 games (8 important upsets and 3 minor upsets in forty eight games). The Wildcats blow them away with a 37-20 second half to win 73-56. While Davidson was the main story in the Elite 8, North Carolina and UCLA advanced to the Final Four. But a team with Steph Curry was about to go—or not go—to the Final Four based on someone else’s skills. That sounds ancient, but people started getting noticed because we were everywhere. “We would have had another shot at Carolina, which we had lost to by four to begin the season,” Richards said. 40 PTS 14-22 FG 8 … He added another three-point play as Davidson was in danger of falling out of the game, down 11 with 14:50 to play. And you'll never see this message again. Though Curry averaged 26 points per game and was a second-team All-American, he wasn’t yet a basketball folk hero. The Wildcats blow by for an 82-76 win, with 40 points from Curry, 30 in the second half. He took the nation by storm, and ran with it.”. But before he was Steph Curry, he led Davidson to a first-round upset of Gonzaga in the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament. But Curry didn’t shoot. And he can’t off a last shot. Ten years later, McKillop has no regrets, or thoughts of what might have been. The first and second round games were pl… Davidson. Glory can be fleeting. 10 seed in the Midwest region, were actually favored against the No. Curry that day: “It hurts a lot to get so far, be this close to the Final Four.”, MORE: Naismith Award 10 semifinalists announced |. Kansas missed on the other end, giving Davidson a shot at the immense upset. We had it for those two successive weekends.”, But he hasn’t watched the Kansas game. 1 seed Kansas. on the basketball staff at the University of Pittsburgh. A "play-in" game determined which of the two lowest seeds would play in the first round of 64 against a top seed team. “So it was something that didn’t wait for March, but March was sort of an exclamation point for what was going on.”, MORE: First televised college basketball game featured Pitt and Fordham in February 1940. Curry and Davidson took out their frustrations on the tiny schools in the Southern Conference, winning all 18 regular-season games and sweeping through the conference tournament. “I kept my head down, did my job,” he said. Second round, No. The 2008–09 Davidson Wildcats men's basketball team represented Davidson College in … There are currently 32 conferences in Division I men's basketball. The 2008 NCAA Tournament is being seen as a tournament where the nation's top teams are just too good to lose to the lesser ranked teams. Davidson was down six points in the second half with the Jayhawks seemingly taking charge, when a reserve named Bryant Barr came off the bench and hit three 3-pointers in two minutes. “We ran the same play we ran against Georgetown a lot, a high ball screen with Steph having the ball up top,” Richards says. When the Wildcats lost by one point at North Carolina State on Dec. 21, they were 4-6. “Coach asked us if we wanted to play a tough schedule, we knew we had the team coming back,” Richards said. “I’d be lying to you if I said that shot didn’t replay in my mind every couple of days. Kansas answered back for a 59-53 lead with 1:15 to go, but a four-point Davidson possession – free throw, Jayhawks losing the rebound of a second missed free throw out of bounds, Curry 3-pointer – cut it to 59-57. “If we wanted to be the best, we had to play against the best. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. The 2008 NCAA Tournament proved to be one of the most thrilling in NCAA Tournament history and the 2008 Sweet 16 included three double-digit seeds in Davidson, Villanova and Western Kentucky. It changed the life of the coaching staff and all the players who were part of that roster. 11 years ago today, Stephen Curry put the nation on notice vs. Gonzaga. The player who hoisted that potential game-winner was far from a scrub. It was more about the run as a team, than that one specific play.”. “He was put on the national stage because of the competition he had,” McKillop said. I think they went on a 9-0 run. The fundamental upsets included: #10 Seed Davidson Knocks Off #2 Seed Georgetown 74-70 “We came two points away from the Final Four with a 1,700-student school in the Southern Conference.”. But Chalmers, who would take and make a pretty big shot himself eight days later, alertly switched on to Curry, denying him an opening. “It was chaos at the time, so Steph dumped it to me.”. Once again he went bananas after halftime, scoring 25 of his 30 points while leading a furious rally. The Davidson Wildcats, looking the part of the upstart as much as ever. And then Curry got hot. 3/24/2008 1 WIS (3) 56: Final: DAV (10) 73 NOVA (12) 57: Final: KU (1) 72 MSU (5) 74: Final: MEM (1) 92 TEX (2) 82: Final: STAN (3) 62 via Sports Logos.net. “It’s hard to believe it was 10 years ago, and maybe that speaks about what it has meant to Davidson,” said Bob McKillop, the coach now, as he was then. Five minutes later, Curry had brought his team all the way back, pouring in his now-trademark array of high-arcing rainbows from deep and twisting layups in the paint. He has covered college basketball for 43 years, including 39 Final Fours. Curry missed 10 of his first 12 shots against the Hoyas, but he never stopped running defenders around and through a myriad of screens. It was just the kind of chaotic situation Curry thrives on in Golden State. Social media wasn’t a big thing. ), The Midwest regional was held at Detroit’s Ford Field, and Davidson chartered buses to transport seemingly the entire student body and faculty to the Motor City, an 11-hour drive. Stephen Curry and Jason Richards of Davidson during the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, March 21, 2008 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. 19 Richmond predicted, LSU stuns No. Steph totally won them over.” (Surely some of them wondered why the Charlotte native wasn’t wearing Carolina blue, as Curry famously wasn’t recruited by any of the Tobacco Road powers. The 2008 NCAA tournament was the eighth NCAA tournament with a 65-team bracket, prior to the introduction of the 68-team bracket that featured the First Four in 2011. We were down [20 points] to them at their place. Curry that day: “I don’t want to get caught up in this-is-a-big-atmosphere, and people-are-watching kind of mindset.”. We were on TV, we were in the paper. A week later, Kansas was national champion. Mike Lopresti is a member of the US Basketball Writers Hall of Fame, Ball State journalism Hall of Fame and Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. “We’ve smelled and touched and seen our dream, and we missed,” McKillop said after the game. Thursday, it’ll be Kentucky having to deal with them, and would now be a good time for John Calipari to tell his guys about 10 years ago? Stephen Curry led 10-seed Davidson to the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA tournament after scoring 40 points against Gonzaga, 30 against Georgetown, 33 against Wisconsin and 25 against Kansas. Read more Slate coverage of the NCAA tournament. Not his time. Richards, who’s now on the basketball staff at the University of Pittsburgh, told me that a brutal non-conference schedule helped set that Davidson team on the path to NCAA glory. “I wasn’t worried about him,” Richards says. PNC Arena (Raleigh, North Carolina) - Neutral Site. [Game Thread] 2008 NCAA Tournament - #7 Gonzaga vs. #10 Davidson - 12:05 PM ET. It was the kind of feel-good underdog story that puts the heart into March. The Wildcats had not won an NCAA Tournament game in 39 years. “We never felt we dug ourselves too big of a hole,” Richards says. But Wildcats coach Bob McKillop kept things light, asking his team during a timeout if they were having fun, despite the large deficit. The Wildcats challenged some of the best programs in the country, including North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, and UCLA. In fairness, Richards was no slouch as a shooter. The Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 53 points a game. North Carolina, Duke, UCLA. “That was incredible,” Richards says. “I kinda felt bad for Gonzaga,” Richards says. That was thanks in large part to the tournament committee, which placed Davidson in Raleigh, North Carolina, roughly 150 miles from the school’s campus. Yeah, it was deep. March Madness predictions: Here's how your bracket will do if you only pick the better-seeded team. NCAA conference tournament schedule: Tracking March Madness automatic bids, “That was Steph Curry’s coming-out party,” teammate Jason Richards would say a decade later. 10 Davidson by 10 points in the second half in Raleigh. “I don’t know how they got everyone there, much less found hotel rooms for them all.”, Wisconsin, the three seed, led the nation in scoring defense and seemed up to the challenge of ending Davidson’s dream. Richards was signed by the Miami Heat, but his pro dreams died when he tore his left ACL three times in the span of a year. Too bad, Davidson’s fairy tale couldn’t have lasted one week longer – as it did two years earlier for George Mason, as it would two years later for Butler. Jason was fatigued, so I took him out. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images Wide left. Seven years later, Curry was in his first NBA Finals, beating the superstar who stood and cheered for him that night in Ford Field. Kansas rotated four defenders on Curry, which wore him down and caused him to miss 16 of his 25 shots and go a woeful 4-for-16 from three-point range. But that’s life—you ask that question about a lot of things, not just basketball. 7 seed Gonzaga leads No. As a sophomore at Davidson in 2007-08, Curry lit up college basketball, averaging 25.9 points and hitting 4.5 three-pointers a night before taking his game to another level in March Madness. The irony was that Jason Richards, the Wildcats’ senior point guard, earned his reputation by passing the ball to Curry: He led the nation in assists in 2007-2008, setting up his running mate for countless layups and open jumpers. Curry brought the ball up court against Rush, who tripped over the feet of the Davidson screener, Paulhus Gosselin. With his playing career over, Richards took a job with the Pittsburgh Panthers, where he just finished his third year as video coordinator and director of analytics. Ordinarily that would be great news for Curry. Plus, you can follow all the games on your desktop with our discreet RealTime Scoreboard.. Also, don't miss Blue Ribbon's analysis of Davidson and all 65 teams. He’d averaged 13 points and 1.6 threes per game on the season, and in the tourney he’d scored 53 points to go with his 36 assists. The Wildcats charged ahead 49-45. Davidson drew a … 7 seed Bulldogs from Spokane, Washington. Wisconsin vs. Davidson Box Score, March 28, 2008. Georgetown wasn’t UNC–Greensboro. I remember when we were sitting there -- I think we were 4-6 at the time -- thinking to ourselves, we can’t let this get us down. The play was to be a high screen to get Curry some space to shoot. NCAA Tournament Scores — Mar 28, 2008. Thanks to original video provider. He still thinks the Davidson mania helped him get a shot at the NBA, though a series of knee injuries killed that chance. They did not lose again in the regular season. Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. But we fought back and ended up winning the game.”. “We knew how much firepower we had offensively and that our shots would eventually start to fall. The best shooter in the history of basketball deferred to a guy who never played in the NBA. Curry hinted at the future with his early games against the bluebloods; 24 points in a four-point loss to North Carolina, 20 in a six-point defeat by Duke. “I was confident,” Richards says. “They had to fly across the country and play us in our backyard.” But the Zags showed no signs of jet lag, holding Curry to 10 points while opening a five-point halftime lead. After a Kansas miss, the Wildcats had 17 seconds left, and one last chance. A tiny school, oozing with charm, started cutting down one giant after another in the NCAA Tournament, as the bandwagon filled every seat. By the time they hit the NCAA Tournament, they had won 22 in a row. It’s only going to prepare us for what we wanted to do in March. Davidson lost them all, but only by an average of six points per game. They can take that memory for the rest of their lives, it will be so cherished and so treasured.”. In the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Stephen Curry carried his Davidson Wildcats into the Sweet 16 over the second-seeded Georgetown Hoyas. I did see the play when (Mario) Chalmers hit his shot (to save Kansas in the title game with Memphis), but I stayed away from TV.”. He stepped back to create space and drilled a three, giving him 25 points and cutting the lead to 59-57. 18. So the fact Steph took the nation by storm, it was newspaper articles, people texting, people calling and leaving voice messages, sending emails. 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