NCAA Tournament 2014: Most Important Player For Each Team in the Elite Eight

Most Important Player For Each Team in the Elite Eight

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We are down to the last eight teams in the 2014 NCAA tournament. Some of these teams were expected to make it this far and others simply were not. I’m looking right at you Dayton. Regardless, all eight teams have some really talented players. Let’s take a look at the most important player for each team in the Elite Eight.

Florida, Scottie Wilbekin

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Florida, Scottie Wilbekin

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Florida is the most complete team in college basketball. Scottie Wilbekin is also arguably the best point guard in the game. He did win SEC Player of the Year after all. Whether if it is on offense or defense, Wilbekin always comes up big for the Gators.

Dayton, Jordan Sibert

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Dayton, Jordan Sibert

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Dayton has a lot of good players, but Jordan Sibert is arguably the best on the team. He dropped 18 points against Stanford and will have to be just as good against Florida.

Michigan State, Adreian Payne

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Michigan State, Adreian Payne

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Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Gary Harris could all be considered the most important player on Michigan State, but I am going with Payne. He is a mismatch nightmare and can drain the three or score in the post.

Connecticut, Shabazz Napier

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Connecticut, Shabazz Napier

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This one is a no-brainer. Connecticut would not be in the Elite Eight if it wasn’t for Shabazz Napier. He has been the leader of this team all season long, he is very clutch and he is averaging 22.7 points per game in the dance.

Arizona, Nick Johnson

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Arizona, Nick Johnson

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Nick Johnson is a Naismith finalist. If that isn’t good enough for you, just remember that Johnson scored all 15 of his points in the last couple minutes of the game against San Diego State.

Wisconsin, Frank Kaminsky

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Wisconsin, Frank Kaminsky

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Sam Dekker is the best player on the team in my mind, but Frank Kaminsky is the most important player. He has scored a combined 38 points in his last two games. He also stands at 7-foot and can sink the long-ball.

Kentucky, Julius Randle

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Kentucky, Julius Randle

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Julius Randle is man. As a man, Randle can take over games in the post. Whether if it is getting rebound after rebound or dunk after dunk, Randle has to show up if the Wildcats are going to beat Michigan.

Michigan, Nik Stauskas

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Michigan, Nik Stauskas

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Nik Stauskas was the Big Ten Player of the Year. There were so many good players in the conference this year, so I am sure you can imagine how good Stauskas has been this season. He absolutely has to be covered. If not, he will make shots from behind the arc all day long. He has already made 10 this tournament.

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