Davis injured, No. 10 Wisconsin misses B10 clinch, Huskers win

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tenth-ranked Wisconsin lost leading scorer Johnny Davis when he was injured on a flagrant foul early in the second half, and the Badgers missed a chance to clinch the Big Ten title falling to Nebraska 74-73 on Sunday.

Alonzo Verge Jr. scored Nebraska’s final nine points, part of a 12-0 rally in the final minutes.

Wisconsin (24-6, 15-5) could still finish alone atop the Big Ten if second-place Illinois loses to Iowa later Sunday. The conference tournament begins Wednesday.

Davis was injured when he was fouled on a Trey McGowens layup try with 17:32 remaining. Davis went to the locker room and did not return to the bench, and the Badgers said he had a lower body injury.

Davis is averaging 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. He scored 10 before being injured by McGowens, who was ejected.

The Cornhuskers (10-21, 4-16) trailed 71-62 with less than six minutes remaining before their return. Verge put them ahead 74-71 with two free throws with 37 seconds left and finished with 26 points.

Chucky Hepburn hit two of three free throws for Wisconsin with 19.8 remaining, cutting the deficit to 74-73 as Verge fouled.

CJ. Wilcher missed the start of the bonus for Nebraska, but Hepburn – who beat No. 8 Purdue on Tuesday with a final 3-pointer – missed a 3-point try on the top right and the Huskers secured the rebound.

Nebraska played under leading scorer Bryce McGowens – Trey’s brother – who is averaging 17 points per game and injured his hand in a win over Ohio State on Tuesday.

Derrick Waker added 15 points and Wilcher 10 as the Huskers closed with three straight wins.

Brad Davison scored 20 points for Wisconsin, which had won five in a row. Tyler Wahl and Chris Vogt added 13 each.

Wisconsin trailed by 12 midway through the first half. The Badgers rallied with a 12-2 run, moving ahead 49-47 on two Davison free throws and were in the bonus for the final 16:18.

Verge tied it with a layin, but was called for a technical. Davison hit both free throws to start an eight-game point streak from the line to give Wisconsin a 57-49 lead with 13:40 left.

Wisconsin had averaged just 8.6 turnovers per game, the fewest in Division I. But the Badgers committed seven in the first 10 minutes as Nebraska took a 30-18 lead, scoring 12 of 21 shots.


Nebraska: Nebraska could move up to 13th in the conference tournament with a Northwestern win over Minnesota on Sunday night.

Wisconsin: If Illinois wins Sunday, the Badgers would drop to second place in the conference tournament. Either way, a lot depends on Davis’ status.


Although the Badgers outscored No. 8 Purdue 70-67 on Tuesday, the loss to Nebraska could see them drop in the poll.


Nebraska plays the first round of the Big Ten Conference tournament on Wednesday.

Wisconsin plays Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference tournament.


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