In a week full of darkness for the Hoosiers, the performance of De’Ron Davis on Tuesday night was the light.
The freshman’s 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting tied for a team-high. In the first half, Davis scored his first four points on two offensive rebounding putbacks via drives from James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson. Davis’ man left him to try and block lay-ups, allowing the Colorado native easy rebounds and scores.
When he entered the game at the 16:15 mark in the second half, the Hoosiers trailed by seven. Davis scored eight points over the next 5:09 of the contest to help erase the lead and bring the Hoosiers to a tie at 51-all with the Badgers.
During that stretch, Indiana continually fed Davis — including Thomas Bryant, who seemed to be energized by Davis’ play — where he showed poise, strength, aggressiveness and good footwork in the post. While Ethan Happ was too much for the Hoosiers to handle, Davis proved similarly challenging at times for the Badgers.
A supercut of Davis’ scores are below: