The Grand National Championships

January 22, 2009

Okay…

It was bound to happen. The Badgers were going to have a down year. This looks like it will be it. And you know what? That’s okay.

Their regular seasons have been spectacular followed by postseason donkey ball. This is a twist. I said that this team has trouble with assertive scoring. Which in a way is true. But for a team whose lost two games in overtime and could lose a stunning four home games? There’s really only one problem here.

They foul too much for a team that doesn’t generate a lot of steals. That means they cannot keep themselves from putting a team away down the stretch. This has hurt them on several occasions this season. Teams stay close and then win it late. Marquette, Minnesota, Iowa, and Texas have all followed this script.

That’s the crux of why this team is going be on the bubble watch. They don’t have someone who can generate turnovers without hacking. I know it doesn’t matter if they get to 10 wins, but they’ve fallen off the pace, something serious.

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