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

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The first round carries on. Vote for your fan favorite in each matchup!

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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.

For the third region of the tournament we turn our attention to the South Region. Check out each pairing below, and vote for your favorite.

The voting window closes at 11:59 p.m. CT, Wednesday, March 25, so get those votes in quick.

See the full, updated bracket with two regions in the books here —> Bucky's Fan Favorite Tournament Bracket.pdf


(1) Devin Harris vs. (16) Zach Bohannon

Wisconsin v Maryland

One of the most prolific players in program history, Devin Harris was a three year starting point guard at Wisconsin from 2001 to 2004. For his career he averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. His junior year he was a consensus second team NCAA All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year, and was recognized as a member of the All-Big Ten team.

Harris would leave after his junior season for the NBA where he was the fifth pick in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks. He is still playing in the league over 15 years later as a member of the Mavericks.

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A Final Four bench player, Zach Bohannon transferred to Wisconsin after beginning his career at Air Force.

A real brainiac, Bohannon finished his undergrad, a masters, and nearly completed his MBA while playing on for the Badgers. For his career he averaged just under a point and a rebound per game.

Poll

(1) Devin Harris or (16) Zach Bohannon

This poll is closed

  • 97%
    (1) Devin Harris
    (438 votes)
  • 2%
    (16) Zach Bohannon
    (13 votes)
451 votes total Vote Now

(8) Duje Dukan vs. (9) Keaton Nankivil

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A reserve forward on the team from 2010 to 2015, Duje Dukan broke out his final two seasons at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-10 forward was primarily known for his three-point shooting ability as a role player behind the likes of Frank Kaminsky and Nigel Hayes.

Dukan would eventually have a brief stint the NBA after his time at Wisconsin.

During his time in Madison he averaged 3.1 points per game and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 32.8% from deep.

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Another stretch forward, Madison native Keaton Nankivil was a vital starter for the better part of his final three seasons at Wisconsin from 2007 to 2011.

Nankivil averaged 6.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 rebounds, and 42% from three-point range over the course of his career.

The 6-foot-8, 240 pound forward would go on to have a successful career playing career overseas, and holds the distinction of being the biggest person I have ever seen riding a bicycle.

Poll

(8) Duje Dukan or (9) Keaton Nankivil?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    (8) Duje Dukan
    (247 votes)
  • 46%
    (9) Keaton Nankivil
    (212 votes)
459 votes total Vote Now

(5) Bronson Koenig vs. (12) Micah Potter

Prairie View A&M v Wisconsin Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Bronson Koenig started the majority of three of his four seasons on campus, as the lead guard for Wisconsin from 2013 to 2017.

Part of some really good teams, Koenig was a significant contributor in back-to-back Final Four runs, and hit some huge shots during his career in clutch time.

Overall, Koenig finished his time as a Badger averaging 9.9 points (over 13 per game his final two seasons), two rebounds, and two assists per game.

Dan Sanger

Micah Potter is the first currently active player to represent in the South Region.

The 6-foot-10 forward was a key sixth man for the Badgers in his only season thus far at Wisconsin, but he was immediately a fan favorite given his high energy and fun nature.

Last season Potter averaged 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and shot nearly 47% from three.

Poll

(5) Bronson Koenig or (12) Micah Potter?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    (5) Bronson Koenig
    (755 votes)
  • 48%
    (12) Micah Potter
    (710 votes)
1465 votes total Vote Now

(4) Joe Krabbenhoft vs. (13) Ray Nixon

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Earning accolades as a freshman, Joe Krabbenhoft was a integral part of the Wisconsin rotation early on in his career at Wisconsin from 2005 to 2009. A heralded four-star recruit, Krabbenhoft did all of the little things to help the Badgers.

An All Big Ten Defensive team represent as a senior, Krabbenhoft was a lockdown defender, in addition to his 6.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and two assists per game.

The 6-foot-7 forward is now an assistant coach for Greg Gard.

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A Milwaukee native, Ray Nixon was a lightly used bench player for most of his career leading up to his senior season.

The 6-foot-8 forward broke out his senior season where he averaged 6.2 points per game, starting in all 31 games.

For his career he averaged 3.4 points and just over one rebound per game. He still plays overseas to this day, but was part of some stellar teams at UW, including the Elite 8 team with Alando Tucker and others.

Poll

(4) Joe Krabbenhoft or (13) Ray Nixon

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    (4) Joe Krabbenhoft
    (695 votes)
  • 3%
    (13) Ray Nixon
    (23 votes)
718 votes total Vote Now

(6) Jared Berggren vs. (11) Khalil Iverson

A pair of strong defensive players highlight this matchup.

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Part of a pipeline from Minnesota, Jared Berggren was a two-year starter at Wisconsin after playing very few minutes his first couple seasons on campus.

In his last two seasons at Wisconsin, Berggren averaged 11.75 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks on a per game basis.

An All-Big Ten Defensive team representative as a senior, he was a tremendous two-way player at Wisconsin from 2009 to 2013.

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A springy 6-foot-5 small forward, Khalil Iverson never had the outside shot to be a big time scorer, but he had plenty of huge dunks to make up for it.

In addition to his athletic ability, Iverson was a solid defender, earning him All Big Ten Defensive team honors as a senior.

He played four years at Wisconsin from 2015 to 2019, starting every game his junior and senior seasons. For his career he averaged 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and an assist per game.

Poll

(6) Jared Berggren or (11) Khalil Iverson?

This poll is closed

  • 35%
    (6) Jared Berggren
    (251 votes)
  • 64%
    (11) Khalil Iverson
    (450 votes)
701 votes total Vote Now

(3) Trevon Hughes vs. (14) Tanner Bronson

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A three-year starter at Wisconsin, point guard Trevon Hughes was a do it all leader. On the team from 2006 to 2010,

The New York product averaged 10.1 points, three rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game over his career, with his final three years on campus being higher outputs.

One of quickest players to play at Wisconsin, he was an extremely talented on ball defender as well, and was also clutch in the waning moments of a game, hitting multiple game winning shots over his time in Madison.

Tanner Bronson (front left of the photo), was a walk-on from Glendale who lettered four years at Wisconsin.

Although he rarely played, the crowd was generally very enthusiastic when the former basketball manager, turned player entered the game.

Although he only average two minutes a game, the 5-foot-11 guard has carved out a nice career as an assistant coach after college. He is currently an assistant for former Wisconsin assistant Lamont Paris at Chattanooga.

Poll

(3) Trevon Hughes or (14) Tanner Bronson?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    (3) Trevon Hughes
    (564 votes)
  • 4%
    (14) Tanner Bronson
    (29 votes)
593 votes total Vote Now

(7) Roy Boone vs. (10) Jon Bryant

A year 2000 throwdown marks a close matchup.

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Born in Madison, Roy Boone opted to play for the hometown team.

Part of the magical 2000 Final Four team, Boone was an integral part of the teams success from his guard position.

The now Madison College assistant coach averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game over the course of his career.

Jon Bryant #10

A solid bench contributor for the 2000 Final Four team, Jon Bryant was an unsung hero at times for the Badgers.

He earned NCAA All-Region honors during the team's deep postseason run thanks to his stellar play.

For his career he averaged 7.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and just under an assist per game over the course of his career.

Poll

(7) Roy Boone or (10) Jon Bryant?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    (7) Roy Boone
    (221 votes)
  • 59%
    (10) Jon Bryant
    (323 votes)
544 votes total Vote Now

(2) Brian Butch vs. (15) Tyler Wahl

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A high school Parade All-American, and McDonald All-American as a prep standout from Appleton, Brian Butch played all four seasons at Wisconsin.

A three-year starter, Butch was a prototypical big man for the Badgers from 2004 to 2008, and demonstrated the ability to play inside out as many Wisconsin bigs have done.

For his career, Butch averaged nine points, and 5.4 rebounds per game. After a brief stint in the NBA, he played overseas for a few years before coaching the G-League Wisconsin Herd. He is now a color commentator for various basketball productions in the Midwest area.

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Only a single season into his career, and Tyler Wahl is already beloved by many in Wisconsin.

A native of Lakeville, Minn., Wahl played immediately as a freshman in a reserve setting of around 15 minutes per game.

Wahl is a tireless worker and is able to create plays through hustle. He has his best basketball still ahead of him, but in his lone season as a Badger thus far, Wahl averaged 2.6 points, and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Poll

(2) Brian Butch or (15) Tyler Wahl?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    (2) Brian Butch
    (466 votes)
  • 32%
    (15) Tyler Wahl
    (227 votes)
693 votes total Vote Now