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UMass’ 5 Most Important Players in 2014 NCAA Tournament

UMass' 5 Most Important Players in 2014 NCAA Tournament

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The University of Massachusetts Minutemen will face some challenges in a tough region in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. If the team wants to make a deep run, it will most likely have to face Duke and Michigan. This team plays with a lot of heart, however, and with 5-foot-9 Chaz Williams as the leader, this team could do some bracket busting.

Here are five of the most important players for Massachusetts in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

5. Raphiael Putney

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5. Raphiael Putney

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Raphiael Putney is a key contributor to UMass because of his blocking, rebounding and scoring ability. He has the second most blocks and rebounds on the team.

4. Derrick Gordon

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4. Derrick Gordon

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Guard Derrick Gordon is one of the best facilitators on the team. He has the second most steals for UMass, and he is also third in assists.

3. Sampson Carter

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3. Sampson Carter

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This UMass team is filled with players who do a little bit of everything, and Sampson Carter is no exception. He averages 10.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and he is the third-highest scorer on the team.

2. Cady Lalanne

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2. Cady Lalanne

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One of the reasons for the success of the Minutemen has been Cady Lalanne. At 6-foot-10, Lalanne leads the team in rebounds with 255 and is the second-highest scorer on the team.

1. Chaz Williams

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1. Chaz Williams

Chaz Williams UMass Minutemen
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The heart and soul of this UMass team, Chaz Williams is the leading scorer for the Minutemen and averages 15.8 points a game. His passion and determination will be on display for a national audience.