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Nebraska's Trey McGowens (2) fouls Wisconsin's Johnny Davis (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Madison, Wis. McGowens was charged with a flagrant foul on the play. Nebraska won 74-73. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard is optimistic Johnny Davis will be ready for the Big Ten tournament.

Davis was hit on a flagrant foul early in the second half Sunday and didn’t return, as the 10th ranked Badgers lost 74-73 to Nebraska at the Kohl center.

Gard noted they’ll have to see how Davis respond to the “lower body injury.” Davis was favoring his right leg. Terry McGowens was ejected for the “flagrant foul 2.”

Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis (1) is helped by teammates Tyler Wahl (5), Chris Vogt and Brad Davison, right, after Davis was found by Nebraska in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Madison, Wis. Nebraska’s Trey McGowens was charged with a flagrant foul on the play. Nebraska won 74-73. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Nebraska went on a 12-0 run in the final minutes of the game to hand Wisconsin (24-6, 15-5) the loss, meaning it doesn’t win the regular season conference title outright — sharing with 20th-ranked Illinois, which beat Iowa 74-72 Sunday.

Davis was hurt on a layup attempt at the 17:32 mark. He went to the locker room and didn’t return to the bench. The sophomore, who had 10 points in a 11 minutes, going 4-for-4, averages 20.3 points and 8.3 rebounds.

Illinois will be the top seed in the Big Ten tourney, which begins Wednesday at Indianapolis, while the Badgers will be No. 2. Wisconsin doesn’t play until 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Wisconsin, which had won each of the last 15 times it had played a game decided by six points or fewer, hasn’t won a Big Ten regular-season title outright since 2015.

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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