Greg Gard on Johnny Davis' performance vs. Indiana: 'That's what MVPs do'
Johnny Davis had that Player of the Year moment on Tuesday night in Bloomington. With Wisconsin in a tight game down the stretch against Indiana, the sophomore guard rose to the occasion, scoring the team’s final 13 points and lifting the Badgers to a 74-69 road victory.
Davis ended the game with a double-double, scoring 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the victory. He was also incredibly efficient from the floor, going 10-of-15 and 10-of-14 from the free throw line.
After the game, head coach Greg Gard had nothing but positive things to say about his star guard. Clearly, he believes Davis deserves serious National Player of the Year consideration.
“I’m not trading him for anybody, I tell you that. That’s what Player of the Year, MVPs do. When the game is on the line, they show up. They perform when the lights are the brightest,” Gard said, per 247Sports. “He’s done it time and time again. He’s human. He’s not going to have 30 or 37 points every single night. But he’s fun to coach, he listens, he’s coachable, I can get after him, he responds. He’s tough as nails. When the game is on the line, he wants the ball.”
Davis is averaging 20.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game on the season. He’s a huge reason why the Badgers are withing a half-game of first place in the B1G.
Without Davis, who knows where Wisconsin would be. That’s a big part of his National Player of the Year push.