In March Madness, teams need their role players to step up.
Sometimes, we can predict who will step up. Other times, players will catch the experts and fans completely off-guard. When that happens, the teams suddenly have a new life and swagger about them.
On Thursday, some teams did what they were supposed to do—their studs came to play. Other teams got surprise performances, and these players are listed in this slideshow.
These players either caught their own team off-guard or made casual fans regret not predicting their performance accordingly.