Badgers’ Johnny Davis expects to play this week despite ‘dirty’ shot

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Wisconsin star Johnny Davis said he expected to play in the Big Ten tournament after being knocked out of the Badgers’ regular season finale on a move he described as ‘dirty and inappropriate’ .

“The plan is to see how tomorrow goes and Friday, but the plan is to play and be there for my team,” the Big Ten player of the year said Wednesday.


The 12th-ranked Badgers (24-6, 15-5 Big Ten) are the second seed in the tournament, which began Wednesday in Indianapolis. They will face Michigan State (20-11, 11-9) or No. 7 seed Maryland (15-16, 7-13) or Maryland (15-16, 7-13) on Friday in the quarterfinals. of final.

Davis stumbled as he entered the lane early in the second half of a 74-73 loss to Nebraska (10-21, 4-16) on Sunday. Davis regained his footing as he got to the basket, but Nebraska’s Trey McGowens right arm hit him in the face, causing the 6-foot-5 guard to fall awkwardly and injure his ankle.

McGowens received a flagrant-2 foul which resulted in an automatic ejection.

Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis (1) is helped by teammates Tyler Wahl (5), Chris Vogt and Brad Davison, right, after Davis was found by Nebraska in the second half of a college basketball game in the NCAA on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Madison, Wis. Nebraska’s Trey McGowens was charged with a flagrant foul on the play. Nebraska won 74-73.
(AP Photo/Andy Manis)

“At first I thought I had tripped over my own feet,” Davis said. “Now I see McGowens come up behind me and cut my heel. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but to drop the elbow (in his face) was a very dirty and inappropriate play When you play a team that has nothing to lose like that, it tends to happen.

“I’m fine. It’s in the past. But like I said, it’s very out of place. There’s no need for that in the sport of basketball.”

After the game, Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said he had yet to watch a replay of the game that knocked out Davis, but added that “I can tell you this about Trey McGowens, he’s one of the greatest kids I’ve ever been around.”


Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said Wednesday that Davis had practiced on a limited basis this week.

“Knowing him, I think we know how competitive he is,” Gard said. “We are optimistic he will be ready to go on Friday.”

Davis is averaging 20 points and 8.1 rebounds. The second is considered a likely lottery pick if he chooses to turn pro after this season.


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