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UW's Brad Davison drives to the basket against UW-Milwaukee guard Jeremiah Bell Nov. 24 at the Kohl Center.

AMBER ARNOLD, STATE JOURNAL

Freshman guard Brad Davison was held out of practice Thursday with a shoulder injury as the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team gets set to start Big Ten Conference play.

A week after injuring his left shoulder during a loss to Baylor in the Hall of Fame Classic, Davison re-injured it during the second half of the Badgers’ 49-37 loss at No. 18 Virginia on Monday night.

In both cases, Davison left the court with a member of the UW medical staff only to return to the bench a short time later. Each time, Davison eventually re-entered the game, though it appeared he was in more pain during the loss at Virginia, forcing UW coach Greg Gard to pull him out of the game.

Davison was dressed in practice gear and wearing a shoulder brace Thursday. He shot at an open basket while his teammates went through drills.

Asked about Davison’s status Thursday after practice, Gard said, “I don’t know. I’ll talk to the trainers here after practice and see what they tell me.

“He said he feels OK. I know he’s working with Henry and our trainers and our doctors every day. They’ll let me know. They told me today he’s not going to go, and we’ll see what happens (Friday).”

Davison is second on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game and leads the Badgers with 16 steals.

If Davison can’t play, sophomore Brevin Pritzl likely would return to the starting lineup. Pritzl started the first four games of the season before being replaced by Davison.

The Badgers (3-4) will open Big Ten play Saturday with a game against Ohio State (5-2) at the Kohl Center. It’s the first of three games in a five-day stretch for UW, which will play at Penn State on Monday and at Temple on Wednesday

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