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La Crosse’s Davis, Badgers fall in second round of NCAA

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Wisconsin's Johnny Davis shoots in front of Iowa State's Aljaz Kunc during the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game Sunday, March 20, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

It could have been the last game of his college career for La Crosse native Johnny Davis.

The sophomore scored 17 on 4-of-16 shooting, going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc as the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team fell to 54-49 to Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday at the Fiserv Forum.

Davis, who was 9 of 11 from the line, hit two free throws with 3:09 remaining to pull Wisconsin (25-8), within five but that’s as close as it got down the stretch.

“They played a really good pressure defense. They did a really good job of taking away passing lanes,” said Davis, who was 4 for 16 from the field. “I just think that we just straight up missed shots and didn’t share the ball the way we were supposed to.”

After winning just two games last season, Iowa State (22-12) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016 and the sixth time in school history. It will play 10th-seeded Miami — a 79-61 winner against No. 2 seed Auburn — in the Midwest Region semifinals on Friday in Chicago.

Both teams shot horrendous and combined to turn it over 32 times — 17 by the Badgers.

Wisconsin hit 29.8% (14 of 47) from the field, including 2 of 22 from deep. Iowa shot 34.5% (20-for-68), including 3 of 14 from beyond the arc.

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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  1. Nick

    March 21, 2022 at 8:14 am

    I have watched pro and college basketball for over 60 years.
    Davis needs to stay one more year.

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