No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers Get Upset By Nebraska Cornhuskers

The No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers (24-6, 15-5 B1G) get upset by the Nebraska Cornhuskers (10-21, 4-16 B1G), 74-73, inside the Kohl Center. Brutal loss.

Wisconsin had a 71-62 lead with 5:47 remaining. UW went on to go 0-for-9 from the field, 2-for-3 at the free throw line and a turnover the rest of the way. The Badgers were just 2-of-13 from the field in the final 8:31.

Nebraska went zone the final six minutes of the game and the Badgers got virtually every look they wanted and no one could step up and knock down a shot or layup.

The inability to get stops on the defensive end, the inability to make shots, turning the ball over and not making all of your free throws and that’s how you lose games.

Wisconsin may have to share the Big Ten title, but that’s not even the worst part: Johnny Davis got injured on what was announced as a “lower body” injury. His injury will determine how the rest of the season goes.

Davis only played 11 minutes in this game. He picked up two fouls in the first nine minutes of the game and then got injured with 17:32 remaining in the second half.

Badgers had a chance to win the game, only down by one point in the final 10 seconds, but Chucky Hepburn missed a 3-pointer, which I was a little frustrated with him taking because he had a driving lane to take it to the hoop for a layup and/or kick out for an open shot. The Badgers were also in the double-bonus so a Nebraska foul would have been two free throws for UW.

I’m actually at a loss for words right now. Such a disappointment.

The string of 15 straight wins in games decided by six points or less is over and they’re now 15-2 in games decided by two possessions.

My current mood:

Brad Davison postgame said that not having Johnny Davis down the stretch isn’t an excuse, saying the Badgers have proven they could win without him the last few games.

Davison was asked if he spoke with Johnny Davis and Davison was pretty vague and only said: “Not much. But he’s good.”

Davison closed by saying: “I’m ready to go to Indy. Whether we’re a 1 or 2-seed, doesn’t matter to me.”

Head Coach Greg Gard postgame said “I’m optimistic that he’s going to be fine,” when asked about Johnny Davis.

This was a horrible loss and a classic “hangover” game. Nebraska has been playing great over the last week and a half, but Wisconsin needed to find a way to win this game — despite the Johnny Davis injury.

Wisconsin will have to wait to see if they’re the outright Big Ten champions or if they’ll have to share it with Illinois. If Iowa defeats Illinois tonight, UW is the outright champion and gets the 1-seed in the Big Ten Tournament. If Illinois wins, Illinois and Wisconsin will be co-champs and Wisconsin will be the 2-seed, because Illinois won the only head-to-head matchup on February 2nd.

No matter the outcome in that Iowa/Illinois game, UW’s AP ranking and potentially its NCAA Tournament seed will take a hit.

Up Next:

The Big Ten Tournament. We know UW will get the double-bye into the Quarterfinals and won’t play until Friday, March 11th. What we don’t know is whether it’s as the 1-seed against the 8/9 winner at 11:30 AM (Central Time) or as the 2-seed against the 7/10 winner at 5:30 PM (Central Time).

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