LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Davidson coach Bob McKillop carries a bunch of pennies in his back pocket.
For most, a handful of pennies won't buy much. But for McKillop, pennies buy motivation and improvement.
All year long he's filled a penny jar, adding one each time his team got better.
"I believe we needed to always have an impetus at key moments, crucial moments, reminders," McKillop said. "There are things that I carry in my pocket on the bench that are there at the right time. At the appropriate time, I'm ready to pull them out."
The Wildcats needed something to kick-start themselves in the Southern Conference tournament semifinals against Appalachian State, so McKillop brought the jar to the bench. Down as many as 13 points in the second half, the coach passed the pennies down the bench to his players.
"I had the pennies in my back pocket for quite a while," McKillop said. "It wasn't that I felt pressed to pull them out at any particular time, but having got that game, I felt it was v...