What’s basketball all about? Scoring more points than the other team, right?

Well, sure. That’s how one team technically beats the other. But, there’s more that goes into it than just that. Players can miss a shot or score four points in a game and still be incredibly productive on any given play or game.

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For Wisconsin guard Brad Davison, he averaged 12.1 points per game as a freshman. Then as a sophomore, that number dipped to 10.5 per contest. Now, as a junior? It’s down to 8.5.

What’s wrong with Davison? Has he stopped caring about scoring? It’s not necessarily about not caring or becoming a worse player. He’s scored just 40 points in his last six games, but the Badgers are 5-1 in those contests.

Here’s Davison, on Saturday, after Wisconsin defeated Penn State on the road 58-49:

This quote is what every basketball player should live by. It’s great scoring 40 points in a game. The more the merrier (as long as you’re doing it efficiently). But, that’s exactly it.

If you’re not able to take a shot that has a legitimately good shot at going in the hoop, maybe it’s best not to shoot it. Maybe you can do better things during that offensive possession.

And you can have an elite game defensively and not score 40 (or 30, 20 or 10 for that matter) points. That’s OK, too.