On Tuesday night the Badgers defeated the NC State Wolfpack 79-75 with the help of a gritty and determined performance from sophomore guard Brad Davison. Davison has been a key contributor to the team all year long as a starter and is looking to build off an impressive freshman season.
Tuesday’s performance from Davison was a great example of what he will provide to this team. In a team high 34 minutes, Davison had 12 points, two assists and two rebounds while also drawing a staggering five charges on the defensive end. After taking a fifth charge down the stretch to seal the game for Wisconsin, Davison pumped his fist in celebration as the Kohl Center crowd went berserk.
In the Bahamas, Davison was having a hard time getting the referees on his side when it came to drawing charges. The ESPN commentators would often make fun of Davison for falling to the ground too often or even insist that there be a drinking game made up of instances where Davison hits the hardwood. He got those calls on Tuesday night to the dismay of Wolfpack fans and delight of Coach Gard.
The impact Davison has on the team does not show up in the stat sheet every night, but he is a calm presence and leader on the floor. Davison plays an outspoken, defensive-minded style of play that is admirable and should serve as an example for those picking up the game. Look for Davison to keep racking up the minutes and emerge as the vocal leader of this team along with redshirt senior Ethan Happ, who sometimes appears more soft-spoken on the court.
Davison’s passionate performance is just the beginning of a great season for the second year guard as the Badgers look to be back in a big way.