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Davis, Davison struggle from field, while Cockburn drops 37, as Illini upset Badgers



Johnny Davis faces off against Illinois on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 (PHOTO: @BadgerMBB on Twitter)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A huge game from the big center for 18th-ranked Illinois and some horrid shooting from the No. 11 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.

Kofi Cockburn scored 37 points on 16-of-19 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Illini knocked off the Badgers 80-67.

La Crosse native Johnny Davis and teammate Brad Davis combined to shoot 8-for-31 from the field for the Badgers (17-4, 8-3), who were down 42-38 at halftime and watched Illinois (16-5, 9-2) open the second half with a 12-4 run.

The Badgers shot 3-for-24 from beyond the arc and had just eight assists on 26-for-68 field goals. Illinois shot 51.6% (32-for-62) from the field and had 21 assists.

Illinois 7-footer Kofi Cockburn faces off with Wisconsin 6-5 guard Johnny Davis on Feb. 2, 2022. Illinois won 80-67 at home. (PHOTO: @BadgerMBB on Twitter)

Davis finished with 22 points and tied his career high with 15 rebounds — the second consecutive game he’s grabbed that many. He made up for the 5-of-19 performance from the field — including just 1 of 5 from deep — by going 11-for-14 from the line.

Cockburn this season is averaging 22.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, a block and 2.3 turnovers per game. The junior is shooting 61.1% from the field. Meanwhile, Davis is averaging 21.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals and 2.2 turnovers a game. The sophomore is shooting just 43.1% from the field and 35.0% from deep.

A few weeks ago Cockburn and Davis were co-players of the week in the Big Ten Conference. Davis was coming off that 37-point performance in knocking off No. 3 Purdue. Now, it’s Cockburn with the 37 and the upset win.

Wisconsin now hosts Penn State (9-9, 4-6) on Saturday hoping to avoid the trap game, with No. 13 Michigan State (17-4, 8-2) on the schedule for Tuesday.

Davis avoided not scoring 20 or more points in three consecutive games this season. Last season, he only scored in the teens one time.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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