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2014 NCAA Tournament: Big Shot Bronson Koenig Could Be Key in Close Games

Bronson Koenig might be Wisconsin’s best kept secret coming into the 2014 NCAA basketball tournament.

It’s that time of year where Badgers basketball fans look immediately forward, yet consistently flash back.

Let’s look back.

It was UW’s fifth consecutive victory — including three over ranked teams — and one that gave the Badgers the inside track in their bid to secure a second seed in the NCAA tournament.

In a performance that may be one sports writers, coaches and players look back on, true freshman Bronson Koenig shined. And may have somewhat cemented his status as the final piece to UW’s increasingly promising puzzle going forward.

Dropping 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting, Koenig helped the then 16th-ranked Badgers to a key 79-74 victory over rival and 15th-ranked Iowa – in Iowa City.

Timely shooting, true lack of hesitation and heady play at the point position all complimented Koenig’s evening on the road that night.

On a night where UW needed a boost offensively, Koenig gave the Wisconsin Badgers an added offensive presence, and his coach Bo Ryan another asset off his bench going down the stretch.

Now, with the biggest test of the season right in front of them, Wisconsin will need big shot after big shot from Koenig who’s initiation off the bench may soon come to an end should UW find themselves in need of an offensive punch.

So far this season, Koenig has been shooting 43% from the field including just above 30% from behind the three-point arc. His near 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio (37 assists, 14 turnovers) remains one of the best on the team.

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