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From the opening game in Dayton to the 2013 NCAA championship in Atlanta, each team’s key players–some well-known, some obscure–will determine the next few weeks of victories and defeats. GuySpeed sizes ‘em up:
Possible Cinderella–Davidson: The talented duo of Jake Cohen and De’Mon Brooks lead the 14th-seeded Wildcats, who have played the Cinderella role before. Getting by a Buzz Williams-coached Marquette team in their first game won’t be easy, but it’s not a typical 14-3 seed mismatch.
Potential Upset Victim–Syracuse: The Orange are terribly inconsistent. At times, it seems as though Syracuse is one of the nation’s best teams, but then they go through stretches like the 41-10 run by Louisville in the second half of the Big East title game. Guards Kareem Jamar and Will Cherry of Montana could certainly send Jim Boeheim home early.
Player To Watch–Victor Oladipo, Indiana: The Hoosiers’ athletic guard was the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year and will be an NBA star someday soon. He is capable of carrying the team to the Final Four.