NCAA Tournament Preview: Hidden Gems, No Longer
NCAA Tournament Preview: Hidden Gems, No Longer

This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.

The NCAA Tournament is one of the craziest times of the year, and this is an especially crazy year in college basketball. Top-ranked teams have fallen like flies for months, and analysts everywhere have used the word "parity" like they're getting a dollar each time they do so. With plenty of opportunities for upsets, it's important to know who will be leading the charge when a double-digit seed takes down one of the big boys.

Below is a rundown of all double-digit seeds in this year's NCAA Tournament and the players most likely to lead them to victory.

(Note: advice based on a cumulative points/rebounds/assists/steals/blocks set up)

Onto the Madness Makers:

MIDWEST REGION

Sean Kilpatrick, Guard, No. 10 Cincinnati
Second Round Opponent: No. 7 Creighton
Possible Third Round Opponent: No. 2 Duke/No. 15 Albany

Prior to his 2-for-12 shooting performance against Georgetown during the Big East tournament, Kilpatrick had been a consistent performer for the Bearcats. The All-Big East Second-team guard posted some big numbers this year, including 29 points against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 18, 32 against Iowa State on Nov. 23 and 36 against Marquette on Jan. 19. While Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker also have played well for Cincinnati, Kilpatrick is the one who will have to perform if the Bearcats are to advance.

Marcos Knight, Guard, No. 11 Middle Tennessee State

First Round (Play-In Game) Opponent: No. 11 St. Mary's
Possible Second Round Opponent: No. 6 Memphis
Possible Third Round Opponent: No. 3 Michigan State/No.

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Andrew M. Laird
Andrew M. Laird, the 2017 and 2018 FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year, is RotoWire's Senior Soccer Editor and a fantasy football contributor. He is a seven-time FSWA finalist, including twice for the Football Writer of the Year Award.
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