Wisconsin 59, Maryland 54
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 02, 2018,
Mar 02, 2018, 20:31
While he was still named a third-team all-conference honoree, he still hasn't quite lived up to the expectations placed on him before the Big Ten campaign began.
"He ran by me to the scorer's table", coach Greg Gard said with a smile. Davison nearly single-handedly carried Wisconsin to a victory against one of the best teams in college basketball. Wisconsin is coming off 59-54 win over Maryland in the second round, with four Badgers scoring double-digit points. But not Thursday. Actually, not for the last month. "I think one guy made a 3". "We had the lead 24-23".
"We're not answering any questions, my team, anymore, about anything but basketball".
Sophomore Cassius Winston paced the Spartans in the first half with 11 points, thanks to a hot 3-of-4 clinic from beyond the arc.
It was everything else that stood out, though. His 3 in overtime put MI up 72-70, and the Wolverines made just enough free throws to hold off the Hawkeyes (14-19), who got a basket from Luka Garza on their first overtime possession and didn't hit another field goal the rest of the way. Especially that last part. Louisville led 66-64 and tried to inbounds with.9 seconds left, but Virginia got the ball after Deng Adel was called for traveling on the baseline.
"Who doesn't want more trophies, you know what I'm saying?"
Michigan State started the game off strong Sunday with an 8-0 run before holding a 34-27 halftime lead. "That's what we're going to do and see if we can make this incredible year even more special". Before this season, MSU never had a season in which they won 26 or more games during the regular season. The Terps were forced to foul Davison, who sunk both.
After the game was tied up, the battle was basically between Kevin Huerter on one end, and the Badgers on the other. Maryland later had a chance to tie the game when it trailed by three in the final seconds but Iverson stole the in-bounds pass and hit two free throws with 0.8 seconds left to seal it.
Izzo said that he fully believes he and the university acted properly and cooperated with all parties involved.
In recent games, however, Wisconsin has looked more in-sync on the defensive end of the floor. True freshman guard Brad Davison was named to the All-Freshman Team. He made all 7 of his free throw attempts and didn't turn the ball over in 37 minutes.
The USA TODAY Sports men's basketball coaches poll was released on Monday, with five Big Ten teams ranked or receiving votes.
The biggest difference from the Wisconsin team that left College Park in early February and the one that headed into the postseason feeling like it could take a bite out of the Big Apple is the progress it's made on defense.
And one more thing.
Happ isn't the only Badger being recognized by the conference this season. Ford darted through the lane and grabbed his own rebound, only to miss another layup.
Dakota Mathias matched his career high with 25 points and left to a standing ovation in his final home game as Purdue blew out Minnesota in West Lafayette, Ind. on Sunday.