VIDEO: Celebrate Steph Curry's 40-Point March Madness Explosion Against Gonzaga 12 Years Ago Today

Davidson's Stephen Curry knocks down a three-pointer against Gonzaga in the 2008 NCAA Tournament
Davidson's Stephen Curry knocks down a three-pointer against Gonzaga in the 2008 NCAA Tournament

Before Steph Curry was Chef Curry, he broke out in on the big March Madness stage, becoming one of the best mid-major players in college basketball memory. On this day in 2008, Curry's 10th-seeded Davidson College took down seventh-seeded Gonzaga in upset fashion with a 40-point performance from the future NBA star.

Not only did Curry go off for a 40-ball; he scored 30 of those point in the second half, leading Davidson to an 82-76 first-round victory. It was just the first in a string of upsets that Davidson pulled off that year, with Georgetown being the next victim.

In the round of 32, Curry led a comeback against the Hoyas after his team was down 46-29 in the second half.

He scored 25 of his 30 points in the second period help Davidson nab an 74-70 victory.

Then, the Davidson Wildcats demolished Wisconsin with 33 points, 4 assists and 4 steals from their soon-to-be NBA star.

The small North Carolina school would soon have their string of upsets ended by mighty Kansas in the Elite Eight, but not before Curry would go for 25 points in their 59-57 loss. Naturally, that KU team went on to win the national title.

This was only the beginning of what has become a long and dominant career for Curry. He was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, and would go on to win three championships and two league MVP awards, one being a unanimous selection.

It all started 12 years ago today. Drink it in.