Wisconsin’s Brad Davison Adds Veteran Pressure? Or Is It Dirty Tactics?

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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.

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.

“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.”

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.

Davison Strikes

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.

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.

Grayson Allen And The “Scrappiness” That Only Jazz Fans Love

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.

Veteran Pressure

Davison may be reminiscent of former alleged collegiate bullies, but he is today’s veteran applying pressure on the court.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.