Here it is. Wednesday and I still haven't completed my bracket for the NCAA basketball tournament.
For some odd reason, "March Madness" hasn't caught up with me quite yet. Oh, it will very soon as it always does, but I just haven't caught the fever yet.
One reason may be my thoughts about the University of Wisconsin Badgers. I have watched them on TV almost every game this season. They don't seem to be playing any better. In fact, they seem to be playing worse than earlier in the season.
I want to think the Badgers are good enough to make a moderate run in the tourney... at least for a couple of games, but I also feel they are definitely in the category for a possible "one and done," outcome, too.
We all realize Ethan Happ is the straw that stirs the drink for Greg Gard's Badgers, but he has been missing way too many shots in the paint as of late. He just isn't finishing under the basket. It's easy to see that bruising Big Ten defenders have physically taken their toll on Happ, who incidentally must put on more several more pounds to have any chance of surviving the NBA grind... if he makes it that far.
Meanwhile, Oregon, the Badgers' opening round opponent on Friday, is no slouch with four starters at 6-foot-9. Toss in a 6-10 sub and they could cause Happ fits anytime he touches the ball, which leads us to the next challenge.
If the Ducks collapse around Happ, he must kick the ball out to the perimeter like he usually does. However, the Badgers have been horrible from 3-point territory of late, having made only 29 percent in their last 11 games.
The 12th seeded Ducks (23-12) and riding an eight-game winning streak, rely on a 2-3 matchup defense, which could also rattle the fifth-seeded Badgers (23-10).
The more I think about the matchup, the more I believe the Badgers are a "one and done" team.
Gosh, I hope not. But I think I'll wait a little longer before making my pick.