2014 NCAA Tournament: Kansas’ 5 Most Important Players

2014 NCAA Tournament: Kansas' 5 Most Important Players

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At last, March Madness is finally here. Deemed the most exciting few weeks in sports, the NCAA tournament will likely attract an enormous amount of fans.

College basketball and NBA fans will be watching as the talent level this year is through the roof. No matter how highly seeded a team is, nothing comes easy in the tournament. Every team wants a championship as much as the next. Here are the five most important players for Kansas.

5. Wayne Selden Jr.

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5. Wayne Selden Jr.

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Despite being slightly overshadowed by players like Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden Jr. has proven himself as a vital piece to Kansas' championship puzzle. Solid offensive contributions have landed Selden heavy minutes, and he will need to continue contributing throughout the tournament if Kansas plans on making a deep run.

4. Joel Embiid

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4. Joel Embiid

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Most would expect Joel Embiid to be ranked higher on this list, but his back injury has unfortunately sidelined him for at least the opening round versus Eastern Kentucky. However, the ultimate goal of a championship cannot be achieved without the star from Cameroon. Offensively and defensively, this kid is a monster who most teams have no matchup for.

3. Perry Ellis

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3. Perry Ellis

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At times, Perry Ellis has shown flashes of brilliance. He has displayed his tremendous offensive talent, especially against Iowa State when he dropped 30 points. In order for Kansas to succeed, Ellis must be more consistent with his contributions. Aside from his skills, the sophomore provides some valuable tournament experience to the young Jayhawks squad.

2. Tarik Black

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2. Tarik Black

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Tarik Black has likely never been relied on more in his college basketball career. Joel Embiid will likely miss the opening round, which leaves Kansas without their top rebounder. Black has been used sparingly all season long, but this upcoming game is his time to shine. Scoring obligations are taken care of, so Black just needs to go into the game with the mindset of grabbing every loose ball he can.

1. Andrew Wiggins

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1. Andrew Wiggins

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There is tons of talent across the board this year, and Kansas Jayhawks star Andrew Wiggins has risen to the top. Wiggins has put his talents on display in the second half of the season, making himself worthy of all of the hype. Kansas will go as far as Wiggins can take them, and I believe a championship may be in the foreseeable future.

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