Wisconsin’s fifth-year senior Brad Davison looks like the bully of NCAA men’s basketball.
While the skirmish between Michigan head coach Juwan Howard and Wisco’s head coach Greg Gard grabbed the spotlight over the weekend, Davison had some drama of his own.
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan’s big man, tried to set a screen on Davison during the first half. However, Dickinson wound up doubled over in pain due to what appeared to be an elbow to the midsection.
Brad Davison is the guy at the bar who acts like he's tough but ultimately just cowardly sucker punches someone and runs away pic.twitter.com/VFv8gjcECS
— Trevor Woods (@WoodsFootball) February 20, 2022
The Davison Factor
It is just the latest alleged dirty play to add to a mounting Davison highlight reel of in-game athletic skullduggery.
Davison is a Wisconsin Badgers staple. He has also been a stalwart of the Big Ten basketball circuit so long that he carries the nickname “Grandpa” from teammates.
Brad Davison doing Brad Davison things pic.twitter.com/CTRti3STtK
— Kyle Forte (@KyleTForte) February 20, 2022
“I had a little bit different perspective in basketball,” Davison said to the Star Tribune. “Growing up, I never had the goal and desire to play professionally. My goal was always to play college basketball at the highest level.
“Compete for conference championships and make deep NCAA tournament runs. That’s been my dream. The way I looked at it was another opportunity to live out my dream.”
Disliking Brad Davison brings Big Ten fans together like Aaron Rodgers losing in the playoffs brought the world together.
— Derick Hutchinson (@Derick_Hutch) February 20, 2022
College Hoop Dreams
The Badgers ended the regular season with eight straight victories during Davison’s junior year before the pandemic canceled the postseason.
However, Davison wanted to return for the fifth year of eligibility after his senior year.
The NCAA declared that divisional student-athletes would not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team could complete only 50 percent or less of the sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Juwan lost his cool but I wouldn’t shake Greg Gard’s hand either. His team is dirty. I’m sure the guy that got punched deserved it too. Look at Brad Davison. That’s all you need to know about Wisconsin.
— GBM Wolverine (@GBM_Wolverine) February 20, 2022
During the 2020 season, when Iowa beat Wisconsin 68-62, it was a one-point game with less than a minute left. Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp made a layup, and, with 34 seconds remaining, Connor McCaffery was assaulted by Brad Davison while executing a pick and roll.
After officials reviewed and assessed the play, a flagrant foul was issued to the Wisconsin guard. Eventually, Iowa shot two free throws, making one, advancing for a four-point game. Once Iowa got the ball back, the game was essentially over.
Davison’s cheap shot was directly linked to the loss.
Hunter Dickinson on Brad Davison pic.twitter.com/9GKh1nSbOi
— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) February 20, 2022
Remember Grayson Allen?
It is a throwback to the NCAA guard Grayson Allen’s Duke career from 2014-2018. At the time, he was also developing a reputation as a dirty player for tripping incidents against opposing teams.
Allen arrived on the national college basketball scene during the 2015 Final Four when Duke defeated Michigan State as a freshman. Allen brought the energy the Blue Devils needed to beat the Badgers in the national title game as well.
Since entering the NBA, Allen has been accused of bringing his tripping tactics to stars like Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young in the big show.
I can’t believe there was a brawl involving UW and nobody punched Brad Davison. pic.twitter.com/Ct7nj1W0ql
— professoranne (@itsallstraw) February 21, 2022
Davison may be reminiscent of former alleged collegiate bullies, but he is today’s veteran applying pressure on the court.
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