The No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers (20-5, 11-4 B1G) steal a big road win over the Indiana Hoosiers (16-9, 7-8 B1G), 74-69, inside Assembly Hall.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This Badgers team has grit, some serious stones and is fun to watch.
This is a special group and you should never doubt them.
I would have paid big money to hear that handshake line with my guy Brad Davison and Parker Stewart/Xavier Johnson. But Indiana didn’t have enough class to even have a handshake line.
Brad Davison got in Parker Stewart’s head and Stewart did more harm to Indiana than help.
Can we rename Assembly Hall to Kohl Center East yet?
This game had the old school physicality to it and got a little chippy at times and it was great.
A lot of people have been calling the National Player of the Year race for Oscar Tshiebwe. I’m still sticking with Johnny Davis.
Johnny Davis continues to be a bad man and had a MVP performance tonight with 30 points (on 15 shots), 12 rebounds and every big shot late for the Badgers star tonight in Bloomington in a huge win for Wisconsin.
Johnny had all 13 of UW’s points over the final 3:35 of the game. The thing that amazes me with him is that his finishing skills are absurdly good.
Johnny F****** Davis!
Johnny Davis postgame on scoring the final 13 points said: “It feels good to have a coach and teammates who believe in me to make those tough shots at the end of games. I was feeling it tonight.”
Brad Davison had a big night as well, finishing with 21 points, including some huge free throws down the stretch, and grabbing seven rebounds and two assists.
Wisconsin wasn’t great defensively tonight, but they were down the stretch. Indiana made just one field goal in the game’s final 5:10.
Johnny Davis waving goodbye to opposing team’s crowds is shooting up the list of best parts of watching the Badgers.
For the 17th time in the last 20 seasons, the Wisconsin Badgers have won at least 20 games.
Before the Bo Ryan and Greg Gard era, Wisconsin was 49-91 all-time against Indiana, including 2-26 at Assembly Hall. Since 2001, UW is 30-6 against the Hoosiers, including 10-5 on the road. That’s dominance.
Indiana over the years has had imposter syndrome. They think they are better than they actually are and Wisconsin routinely beats them and leaves their fan base in disbelief. Tonight was another example of that.
Wisconsin will host the Michigan Wolverines (13-10, 7-6 B1G) at the Kohl Center on Sunday, February 20th. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:00 PM (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on CBS.
Michael Finley will be honored at the game.