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Bohannon sinks Wisconsin Badgers in late 2nd half comeback by Iowa



The last name Bohannon conjures up great thoughts for most in Wisconsin Badgers fandom. Not so much anymore, as Jordan Bohannon extended the misery of the Badgers with a late game-winner.  

The younger brother of Jason and Zach did his older brother’s alma mater dirty, hitting a three-pointer with just under 10 seconds left to lift Iowa to a 59-57 victory at the Kohl Center.

It was the third-straight loss for the Badgers and fifth in the last six contests. As a result, Wisconsin has gone from in front of the Big Ten title race to allowing Purdue to clinch the outright title with this loss.

Bohannon had just 11 points on the night and shot just 3-of-9 from deep, but hit the shot that mattered at the end. He also undid all the work that Wisconsin senior guard Bronson Koenig did, scoring a game-high 19 points.

Three-point shooting was the story of the game, as Iowa hit at a 47 percent clip to Wisconsin’s 26 percent beyond the arc. No player was hotter beyond the arc for the Hawkeyes than Nicholas Baer, who was 4 of 5 from deep and led all Iowa players with 14 points.

All of that was made possible thanks to some downright awful offense from both teams throughout the contest. Both teams had extended scoring droughts that flipped what should’ve been good enough leads to maintain.

Wisconsin’s scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes of the first half turned this game on its head first. The Badgers led by six at 23-17 as Happ got a lay-in. The next time Wisconsin got a bucket was with 37 seconds left in the first half and UW’s six-point lead was a four-point deficit.

Iowa was able to capitalize on the nearly seven minute UW scoring drought, shooting 4-of-6 from the field. However, a series of four turnovers in the same span kept the Hawkeyes from completely blowing Wisconsin out of the water.

The Hawkeyes shot lights out from beyond the arc in the first half, knocking down seven of 11 attempts.

Naturally, the half ended as Nicholas Bear dropped in his fourth triple of the half, putting Iowa up 32-25 at the break. Bear finished with 12 points in the half on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin was also able to keep within striking distance as the Hawkeyes struggled from inside the arc. Iowa shot just 33 percent from inside the arc (5-15) in the first half.

However, things were far over and Iowa was about to let the Badgers believe they could take home a much-needed victory.

After extending its lead to seven points at 34-27 early in the second half, Iowa returned the scoring drought favor. The Hawkeyes went on a nearly five-minute scoring drought of their own.

That drought allowed Wisconsin to flip the game from a two-point deficit to a 54-45 advantage with 4:15 to play in the game.

Wisconsin just simply couldn’t finish off the deal from there though, scoring three more points for the rest of the game.

UW had plenty of chances to ice the game away, including off an inbounds pass that Nigel Hayes twice nearly had stolen and eventually changed hands thanks to a bad inbounds pass anyway.

A turnover by UW with 2:01 to play lead to Iowa creeping within three points and sparked the Hawkeyes full comeback over the final 1:44 of the game. Even good defense turned in to a bad situation for the Badgers.

Ethan Happ gathered an important rebound with 33 seconds left and was quickly fouled. With the Badgers up by just three, he would miss both free throws and what could’ve been two possession game was turned in to a one-possession game.

It was the difference in victory or defeat ultimately, and it should’ve been as the Badgers were just 5-of-14 from the free throw line compared to Iowa’s 6-of-7 night.

Wisconsin will look to avoid a dubious feat on Senior Day on Sunday, looking to avoid becoming the only team to ever lose four straight games to unranked opponents will still ranked.

It will have to happen against a red-hot Minnesota Gophers, who come in on an eight-game winning streak. Good luck on that one.

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Former Badger Jon Leur traded to Milwaukee Bucks



They say you can always go home, and for one former Wisconsin Badger he’s coming back to a state he called home for four years.

Former Badgers forward Jon Leuer was traded early on Thursday morning from the Detroit Pistons to the Milwaukee Bucks. In exchange for Leuer, the Bucks gave up the 30th overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft and traded away Tony Snell.

Last season, Leuer played in 41 games for the Pistons and made just one start. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in his ninth season in the NBA.

Leuer is a very similar player to Snell, but comes at a much more team-friendly salary.

In trading away Snell, the Bucks free up an additional $4 million in salary this year and another $12 million next year.

This could be seen as a way for the Bucks to pony up the big money that Khris Middleton wants from the team in order to stay in Milwaukee.

As for Leuer, he is 17th on the all-time Badgers scoring list with 1,376 points to his name. He also finished his career with 551 rebounds.

Leuer’s final season in Madison was his best statistically, as he helped lead the 2010-11 Badgers team to the Sweet 16. He averaged 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game that year.

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Badgers basketball land Davis twins



After missing out on the Hauser brothers late last month, the Wisconsin Badgers added a different pair of siblings on Saturday night.

Following an offer to the brother of 4-star shooting guard Johnny Davis and an appearance at a team camp this weekend, the Davis brothers announced their pledge to the Badgers according to Badger247.

It took less than a week after head coach Greg Gard gave the O.K. to offer Jordan for the pair to commit to Wisconsin.

Johnny held offers from Marquette, West Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, DePaul, UNLV and others.

Jordan had offers from UW-Milwaukee and Green Bay, while also becoming a sought after recruit on the football field as well. Once he became serious about wanting to play basketball first, it seemed like a matter of time before Wisconsin offered.

That time came after seeing Jordan play in a camp last weekend.

It also came because it was time to figure out if Johnny was serious about the Badgers or not.

With the July evaluation period coming up, Wisconsin’s coaching staff put the final chips in the middle with this recruitment and it appeared to pay off.

Johnny joins as the No. 141 ranked player in the country and the No. 14 ranked combo guard in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

The twins will join Detroit, Mich. native Lorne Bowman in the 2020 class.

Wisconsin still has one scholarship available in the class as well, which is likely being held for 5-star and Wisconsin native Jalen Johnson.

After missing out on talented in-state players over and over again, this was a major win for Gard and his coaching staff considering how hard schools like West Virginia and Marquette were after Johnny’s commitment.

As for Jordan, it appears the coaching staff believes he is improving enough to get a scholarship and continue his improvement with this program.

Offers don’t come out just because it may win over a different recruit at Wisconsin. That wasn’t Bo Ryan’s style and it also isn’t Greg Gard’s style.

The trio of players put the Badgers at No. 8 in the country and No. 3 in the Big Ten in the 2020 class as of today.

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Former Badgers get No. 2 seed in The Basketball Tournament Columbus regional



Who doesn’t want $2 million? That’s the prize at stake for winning The Basketball Tournament and a group of former Wisconsin Badgers want in.

On Tuesday it was officially announced that the Kohl Blooded team — spearheaded by former Badgers point guard Kam Taylor — will be the No. 2 seed in the Columbus regional.

They will take on No. 7 seed Mid-American Unity, which is making its second appearance in the TBT after a year off. That group represents teams from across the Mid-American conference.

As for the Badgers, the roster will be made up of some very strong names from the past. The headline names include members of the back-to-back Final Four teams in Nigel Hayes and Vitto Brown. Also joining will be Jordan Taylor, Ryan Evans, Trevon Hughes and recent grad Charles Thomas. You can see the full roster here.

The regionals will take place July 19-21 in Columbus with the winner of this regional meeting seven other winners in Chicago for championship week.

All games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, so you should be able to find them either streaming or on cable television.

Kohl Blooded vs. Mid-American Unity will tip at 1pm ET on Friday, July 19.

The winner will take on the winner of Red Scare (Dayton alumni) and The Region (players from Northwest Indiana) in the regional semi-final the next day.

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Badgers play final card in attempt to land 2020 G Johnny Davis



A week after losing out on Joey and Sam Hauser, the Wisconsin Badgers basketball program needs some positive momentum on the player acquisition front.

With three scholarships available in the 2020 class and two top in-state players in their sites, the Badgers coaching staff has been about as patient as possible.

On Wednesday, Badger247 reports that UW has offered Jordan Davis, the twin brother of top target Johnny Davis. It’s not a walk-on or grayshirt, but a full scholarship offer.

After two years of waiting for that offer to come, it finally did.

Jordan is an unranked player in basketball at this time, but I expect that to change once the scouting services catch wind of this offer. Johnny Davis is the No. 131 ranked player in the country, a 4-star rated prospect and the No. 3 ranked player in the state of Wisconsin in the 2020 class.

With the brothers set to make a weekend visit for team camp in two weeks, this is a move that undoubtably puts the pressure squarely on Johnny Davis at this point.

Simply put, the Badgers need to know if Davis is going to commit or if they need to move on.

Offering Jordan a full ride is about the only thing left in the Badgers quiver at this point. If getting the dream of playing basketball together at the same school and in-state no less doesn’t tip the scales, at least the Badgers know they can move on.

Is it a desperate move? In some ways one could see it as such. Clearly the Badgers want Johnny in a major way and they see offering Jordan as a critical move that could separate themselves from the competition.

However, this also isn’t a coaching staff willing to just throw away a scholarship in an effort to get a coveted player to play for them. That’s simply not Greg Gard’s style.

Jordan is also a player they see as a contributor, or he wasn’t getting an offer. Plain and simple.

There’s no doubt that this move ups the pressure, like I mentioned before. But, that’s not a bad thing, as UW needs to know where they stand heading in to July’s evaluation period.

If the Davis brothers can’t commit or at least internally give the coaching staff the information that will make them feel comfortable, they need to start getting offers out to other big time players whom they’ve been waiting to offer.

Consider UW is an underdog to land in-state five-star prospect Jalen Johnson, and you have to consider this move a smart one for the long term prospects of the 2020 class.

Will the Davis twins jump at the offer to play together at Wisconsin?

Some in the recruiting world believe this was the situation that was holding Wisconsin back all along. So, don’t be surprised to see this affect the recruitment of both players in a big way.

As for Jordan, his game has also caught the attention of Iowa and Minnesota and he did have scholarship offers from both Green Bay and Milwaukee prior to this one.

What may have really held the Badgers coaching staff and others back was the fact that Jordan is also a good player on the football side and wasn’t sure which sport he wanted to pick.

It seems like UW has gotten the clue that Jordan may be more receptive to a basketball future and pulled the trigger on the offer.

We’ll see how much longer the two stay uncommitted, but don’t be surprised to see something happen following July’s AAU season.

Letting that play out and getting all the offers out there on the table is just a smart move for the twins. From there, it’s up to them and clearly the Badgers have left no stone unturned in this situation.

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