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Bucky’s Fan Favorite Tournament: round one (Midwest Region)

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The tournament is underway! Vote for your fan favorite in each matchup.

Michigan State v Wisconsin Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

With actual basketball out of grasp, we at B5Q have put together a tournament challenge to determine the player that is the biggest fan favorite from the past 20 years of Wisconsin basketball.

For the first round, we split the voting into regions. We at B5Q will breakdown each matchup, and it is up to you the fans to vote and ultimately decide who moves on, and who is eliminated.

To kick things off, we turn our attention to the Midwest Region. Check out each pairing below, and vote for your favorite.

The voting window closes at midnight, Monday, March 23, so get those votes in quick.

Midwest region.

See the full bracket here —> Bucky's Fan Favorite Tournament Bracket.pdf


(1) Ethan Happ vs. (16) Matt Ferris

Maryland v Wisconsin
Ethan Happ claps his way into the history books.
Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Ethan Happ is one of the more decorated players in program history. The do it all forward was a force in the post, and was a very versatile playmaker for Wisconsin.

For his career he averaged 15.3 points per game, 8.8 rebounds, and three assists per game. Happ finished his time at UW ranking third in points scored, first in rebounds, third in assists, first in blocks, second in steals, and first in field goals made in program history.

Happ was a three-time first-team All-American and is one of only six players in NCAA history to record over 2000 points, 1000 rebounds, 400 assists.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 05 Indiana at Wisconsin
Matt Ferris celebrates a three-point make

A walk-on from Appleton, Matt Ferris was a 6-foot-6 small forward that was widely known for his antics off the court, as he teamed up with roommate Aaron Moesch for multiple fun acts for fans. A hilarious player, and overall great guy, Ferris narrowly makes the bracket. Check out his twitter, if you haven’t already @Ferris_matt.

For his career at Wisconsin, he played in 24 games, and averaged 0.2 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.

Poll

(1) Ethan Happ or (16) Matt Ferris

This poll is closed

  • 94%
    (1) Ethan Happ
    (409 votes)
  • 5%
    (16) Matt Ferris
    (24 votes)
433 votes total Vote Now

(8) Mike Bruesewitz vs. (9) Zach Morley

Two beloved scrappy role players face-off in this showdown.

Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Championship - Wisconsin v Ohio State
Mike Bruesewitz grabs the hustle play.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The eight seed Mike Bruesewitz was a household favorite because of his flowing red locks, and the immense hustle that he played with.

Part of some good teams, Bruesewitz was an integral part in the rotation, and was a solid defender. For his career he averaged 4.6 points per game, four rebounds, and just over one assist per game.

N.C. State Wolfpack v Wisconsin Badgers
Zach Morley hauls in the contested rebound against NC State.
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Zach Morley is another player known for his gritty play and floppy hair. The Missouri native only played two seasons at Wisconsin, but was a vital sixth man from 2003 to 2005. For his career at UW he averaged 8.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, and almost two assists and one steal per game in the early stages of Bo Ryan’s time on the sidelines.

In Morley’s final season as a Badger, the team made it all the way to the regional finals.

Poll

(8) Mike Bruesewitz or (9) Zach Morley?

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    (8) Mike Bruesewitz
    (318 votes)
  • 26%
    (9) Zach Morley
    (113 votes)
431 votes total Vote Now

(5) Michael Flowers vs. (12) Aleem Ford

Michigan State v Wisconsin
Michael Flowers takes the ball to the hoop on the dribble drive.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Hailing from Madison, Michael Flowers opted to stay home and play for the Badgers after winning a state title at La Follette.

Known most for his game-winning shot against Texas, Flowers was a lockdown defender, who was a two-time All-Defensive Big Ten selection, and made the 2008 Big Ten Tournament Team.

For his career he averaged 6.2 points per game, 3.2 rebounds, and two assists.

Aleem Ford drains the three-pointer.
Dan Sanger

Our first current Wisconsin player, Aleem Ford is a stretch-four who can hit from deep.

The 6-foot-8 forward was a consistent starter last season, and his steadily improving his game.

For his career, Ford has averaged 5.9 points per game, three rebounds, and just under an assist per game.

Poll

(5) Michael Flowers or (12) Aleem Ford?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    (5) Michael Flowers
    (369 votes)
  • 59%
    (12) Aleem Ford
    (538 votes)
907 votes total Vote Now

(4) Sharif Chambliss vs. (13) Clayton Hanson

Sporting News College Basketball Collection
Sharif Chambliss talks with head coach Bo Ryan.
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A Racine native, Sharif Chambliss only played for Wisconsin for one season after transferring from Penn State.

The 6-foot guard was the starting shooting guard on the 2005 Elite Eight team, and averaged 7.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game.

Chambliss would later become the video coordinator for his alma mater, before pursuing a coaching career. He is currently an assistant coach at Wright State.

North Carolina Tar Heels v Wisconsin Badgers
Clayton Hanson celebrates a big play against North Carolina.
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

A former teammate of Chambliss, Clayton Hanson was another starter from the 2005 Elite Eight team.

The 6-foot-5 wing had his best season as a senior, and was a good three-point shooter at over 41% from deep during his career.

Overall, Hanson finished his time at UW averaging 4.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, and an assist per game.

Poll

(4) Sharif Chambliss or (13) Clayton Hanson?

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    (4) Sharif Chambliss
    (229 votes)
  • 44%
    (13) Clayton Hanson
    (184 votes)
413 votes total Vote Now

(6) Freddie Owens vs. (11) Rob Wilson

2004 NCAA 2nd Round: Wisconsin v Pittsburgh
Freddie Owens drives into the lane.
Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

A Milwaukee native, shooting guard Freddie Owens was a two year starter that was along for the transition from Dick Bennett to Brad Soderberg, and eventually Bo Ryan.

An offensive slasher, the left handed Owens averaged 7.2 points per game, two rebounds, and one assist per game in his career while playing alongside Devin Harris.

Owens is best known for his game winning shot in the second round to advance Wisconsin past Tulsa in 2003. He is now an assistant coach for the Loyola Hounds, in Baltimore, Maryland.

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Vanderbilt v Wisconsin
Rob Wilson celebrates a big three-point play.
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Rob Wilson was a reserve guard for Wisconsin from 2008 to 2012 under Bo Ryan. The 6-foot-4 rotational player averaged 10 minutes per game during his career, scoring on average 2.7 pounds, and 1.2 rebounds per game.

A very gifted athlete, Wilson is probably best remembered for attempting to dunk on 7-foot-3 UConn center Hasheem Thabeet twice in the NCAA Tournament as a freshman, and later for his 30 point performance against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament as a senior.

Poll

(6) Freddie Owens or (11) Rob Wilson?

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    (6) Freddie Owens
    (325 votes)
  • 22%
    (11) Rob Wilson
    (97 votes)
422 votes total Vote Now

(3) Nigel Hayes vs. (14) J.P. Gavinski

Minnesota v Wisconsin
Nigel Hayes waves to the fans as he checks out of the game.
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

One of the better forwards in program history, Nigel Hayes was a four year impact player for Wisconsin.

Part of the back-to-back Final Four runs, Hayes was an integral part of the teams success from 2013 to 2017.

Hayes won the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year award in 2014, before becoming a full-time starter for the following three seasons in Madison.

A smart and funny presence off the court, Hayes earned All-Conference honors each season on campus, averaging 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in his career.

A heralded recruit out of the Wisconsin Dells, the J.P. Gavinski experiment never really materialized. The big man came onto campus at 6-foot-11 and ranked as the No. 117 recruit in the country.

A four year Badger, Gavinski only played in 23 games in his career from 2007-2011, and scored 10 points total in his career.

But that cowboy hat, huh?

Poll

(3) Nigel Hayes or (14) JP Gavinski?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    (3) Nigel Hayes
    (600 votes)
  • 3%
    JP Gavinski
    (22 votes)
622 votes total Vote Now

(7) Traevon Jackson vs. (10) Brad Davison

Wisconsin v Duke
Traevon Jackson drives to the rack against Duke.
Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

Lefty point guard Traevon Jackson was a clutch performer in crunch time. A three-year starter, Jackson had a chunk of his senior season cut short due to injury, but returned for the NCAA Tournament.

The son of former Ohio State star Jim Jackson, Traevon helped lead the Badgers to consecutive Final Four appearances, including a national championship appearance against Duke.

For his career he averaged 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. Jackson was a member of the 2014 NCAA Tournament All-Region Team, and hit three game winning shots against Penn State, Minnesota, and Michigan State.

Brad Davison grapples for the loose ball.
Dan Sanger

Brad Davison is the second current player in the Midwest region. A three year starter, Davison is poised to start all four seasons at Wisconsin under Greg Gard.

As a freshman Davison was the talk of the town, as he carried the team amid a dislocated shoulder injury, and his propensity to draw charges.

His ability to draw charges has carried on, as Davison is the heartbeat of the team with his hustle. For his career, the junior guard has averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on a per game basis.

Poll

(7) Traevon Jackson or (10) Brad Davison

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    (7) Traevon Jackson
    (200 votes)
  • 68%
    (10) Brad Davison
    (439 votes)
639 votes total Vote Now

(2) Sam Dekker vs. (15) Jordan Hill

Last but not least, the final matchup has a pair of teammates squaring off.

Big Ten Tournament: Purdue vs. Wisconsin
Sam Dekker hangs on the rim after a big dunk.
Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The two seed, Sam Dekker was a springy 6-foot-9 forward who played a pivotal role all three seasons while at Wisconsin before leaving early for the NBA after helping lead the team to back-to-back Final Fours and a championship game berth.

Dekker was a Freshman All-Big Ten performer before eventually becoming a two-time second team All-Big Ten player his final two seasons on campus. He played his best basketball late in his career, as he won the 2015 NCAA West Region’s Most Outstanding Player award as a junior in the NCAA Tournament.

During that tournament he had 23 points and 10 rebounds against North Carolina, and then scored 27 points against Arizona the following game.

Wisconsin v Rutgers
Jordan Hill celebrates an overtime win over Rutgers.
Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

After playing sparingly as a freshman, Jordan Hill was a rotational contributor as a sophomore and junior at Wisconsin. The guard only saw one start in his career, but averaged 1.9 points, and one rebound per game during his time at UW.

Hill would later transfer to Seattle, where he scored over 13 points per game as a senior.

Poll

(2) Sam Dekker or (15) Jordan Hill?

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    (2) Sam Dekker
    (433 votes)
  • 24%
    (15) Jordan Hill
    (139 votes)
572 votes total Vote Now