NCAA Basketball March Madness

25 Players Who Could Go Off in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

Players Who Could Go Off in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

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There are many talented players partaking in the 2014 NCAA tournament. That is the case every single year. Instead of looking at the top 25 players in the tourney, let’s take a look at 25 players who could go off.

With that said, some of these players are probably considered some of the best in the dance. Regardless, they will step up in the tournament.

Let’s get to those 25 players.

Michael Frazier II, Florida

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Michael Frazier II, Florida

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Florida isn’t known as a three-point shooting team, but Michael Frazier II is lights out from behind the arc. He is shooting 45.5 percent from deep and has made 107 threes on the year.

Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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Andrew Wiggins is easily one of the best players in the tournament. He has been playing great basketball as of late and that will carry over to the NCAA tournament.

Kendall Williams, New Mexico

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Kendall Williams, New Mexico

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Kendall Williams may not even be the best player on New Mexico, but he still is putting up 16.4 points per game. Expect that number to go up in the dance.

Russ Smith, Louisville

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Russ Smith, Louisville

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Russ Smith and the Louisville Cardinals are on fire. Smith went off in the tourney last year and he will do the same this year. He did just drop 42 points on Houston in the AAC tournament.

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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Marcus Smart and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are very dangerous. They may be a No. 9 seed, but don’t let that fool you. This team can beat anyone. Smart is a future lottery pick and will have quite the tournament.

Isaiah Austin, Baylor

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Isaiah Austin, Baylor

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I have always thought Baylor’s Isaiah Austin would become a star, but I am still waiting for that to happen. Look for the 7-footer to breakout in the tournament in a big way.

Askia Booker, Colorado

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Askia Booker, Colorado

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Askia Booker is averaging 14 points per game, but he is capable of much more. Colorado may not have a long tournament outing --will have to play Florida if it can get by Pittsburgh in the second round-- but that doesn’t mean Booker won’t have a big game or two.

Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke

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Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke

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Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood have to play well for Duke to make a run. However, Rasheed Sulaimon is the x-factor. He is shooting 40.9 percent from behind the arc and the Blue Devils should take advantage of that in the tourney.

Julius Randle, Kentucky

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Julius Randle, Kentucky

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Julius Randle’s numbers dropped once SEC play started. That is natural. However, expect him to put up around 20 points per game. If Kentucky wants to make a run to the Sweet 16 or further that may need to happen.

Jordan Adams, UCLA

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Jordan Adams, UCLA

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Jordan Adams is a scoring machine (17.2 PPG) and he will get people’s attention in the dance.

Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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Kyle Anderson will as well. Anderson is the best player in the country who no one talks about. Sure, he does get some love, but he is very, very talented and could be a top 10 player.

He is averaging 14.9 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game and 6.6 assists per game. And, he stands at 6-foot-9.

Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

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Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has a lot of good basketball players, but Sam Dekker is the best. At least in my mind. Dekker has all of the talent in the world and he is going to unleash that talent once the tournament starts.

Joe Harris, Virginia

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Joe Harris, Virginia

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Joe Harris is not putting up the same numbers he did last year, but he is still a great player and Virginia is clearly a great team. The Cavaliers did earn a No. 1 seed.

Watch out for Harris in the dance. That is all I am going to say about that.

Wayne Selden, Kansas

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Wayne Selden, Kansas

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Wayne Selden is not the best player on Kansas. Heck, he isn’t even the second or third best player. Still, the freshman has a lot of talent and will have to emerge if the Jayhawks are going to make the Final Four.

Chaz Williams, Massachusetts

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Chaz Williams, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts could be one of the biggest sleepers in this tournament. It did beat teams like LSU, Nebraska, New Mexico, Clemson, BYU and Providence during non-conference play.

Well, Chaz Williams is the best player on the Minutemen and I am expecting him to put up around 20 points per game. He is averaging 15.8 points per game on the season. He also brings seven assists per game to the table.

Michael Dixon Jr., Memphis

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Michael Dixon Jr., Memphis

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Michael Dixon Jr. could start for most teams in college hoops. Yet, he comes off of the bench for Memphis. That just tells you how good the Tigers’ backcourt is. Regardless, he is putting up 11.8 points per game and will step up in the tournament.

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

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Aaron Craft, Ohio State

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This is it for Aaron Craft. He is a senior and the college basketball world will have to say bye to him after the 2014 NCAA tournament is over.

He is arguably the best defensive guard in the nation. Expect the clutch star to play all out and put on quite the show.

Doug McDermott, Creighton

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Doug McDermott, Creighton

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There’s not much to say about Doug McDermott. He is the best player in the country. However, I am going to say he will average 30+ points per game in the dance and will lead the Bluejays on a deep run. He is currently averaging 26.9 points per game.

Phil Forte, Oklahoma State

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Phil Forte, Oklahoma State

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Oklahoma State has a lot of great basketball players and Phil Forte is definitely one of them. He may not be the most talented, but man can he shoot the three-point ball.

Forte is shooting 45.5 percent from behind the arc and will be Oklahoma State’s x-factor.

Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

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Ryan Boatright, Connecticut

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Ryan Boatright is not averaging as many points as he did last year (15.4 PPG), but he is still putting up 11.8 points per game. Shabazz Napier is a great player and could lead Connecticut on a deep run, but Boatright could take a lot of weight off of Napier’s shoulders by stepping up his game.

Leslie McDonald, North Carolina

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Leslie McDonald, North Carolina

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North Carolina is going to get booted out of the tournament early if Leslie McDonald manages to score zero points once again. That is how much he had against Pittsburgh in the ACC tournament. The Tar Heels lost that contest.

Expect McDonald to be on from behind the arc and expect him to be one of the best players on North Carolina.

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

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Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

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Everyone is going to see how good Buddy Hield is in the 2014 NCAA tournament. He is averaging 16.8 points per game and has made 89 three-pointers.

Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph’s

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Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph’s

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Langston Galloway is averaging 17.5 points per game and is shooting 43.9 percent from behind the arc. He has made 104 three-pointers.

Galloway is averaging 23.8 points per game in his last four. He could put up similar numbers in the Big Dance.

Patric Young, Florida

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Patric Young, Florida

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Patric Young is putting up 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game on the season. Expect this senior to go out on a good note by taking his game to the next level.

Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh

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Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh

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Lamar Patterson is one of the best players in the tournament. Pittsburgh is not one of the best teams, but the Panthers are still solid. Patterson can make them one of the best teams by going off. He is averaging 17.6 points per game on the season.

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