NCAA Tournament 2012: Ranking the 10 Biggest Star Players of the Sweet 16

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMarch 22, 2012

NCAA Tournament 2012: Ranking the 10 Biggest Star Players of the Sweet 16

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    In case you haven't noticed, there are some great players left in the NCAA tournament. 

    Florida has its fair share of stars on its team, like Bradley Beal and Kenny Boynton, but those two players don't even make this list.

    Keep in mind that, for the purposes of this list, only one player from each team can qualify. Why, you ask? Because no one wants to read about the North Carolina Tar Heels and Kentucky Wildcats—unless, of course, if you are fans of those teams. Both of those teams are loaded with star talent, hence why they are so good.

    Without further ado, please read on to find out the 10 biggest star players of the Sweet 16.

10. Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

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    Entering the season, Jordan Taylor was regarded as one of the best point guards in the nation. However, his huge drop in production made Taylor a ghost.

    Taylor averaged 18.1 points per game last season. This year, he only averages 14.7 points per game.

    When Wisconsin played Montana in the second round, Taylor's stardom was reignited to the tune of 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

    Taylor is easily one of the best guards in the country, and the Badgers rely on his success.

9. Peyton Siva, Louisville

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    Siva may only average 9.1 points per game on the season, but don't forget about his 5.5 assists per contest.

    If you have watched Louisville at all this season, you know that Siva is an absolute baller and the Cardinals would be lost without him.

    Siva's numbers may not be the most impressive in the world, but this star is clutch, especially in big games.

8. Perry Jones III, Baylor

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    There are so many people out there that actually think Perry Jones III is overrated. How can a guy who averages 14 points and 7.7 rebounds per game be overrated?

    Jones could score 20 points per game if he wanted, but that is not what Baylor needs him to do. 

    Jones is by far one of the best players in the tournament. Once he finally declares for the NBA draft, people will see how good this kid is not only in college, but at the next level as well.

7. Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

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    For Zeller to be seventh on this list, you know there are some amazing players ahead of him.

    There is so much talk about how good Harrison Barnes is, but what about Zeller? Zeller puts up 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He is also tremendous on the defensive side of the ball.

    Zeller is a true big man at 7'0". Barnes is amazing, but Zeller should get just as much credit as him or more.

6. Jae Crowder, Marquette

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    Coming into the NCAA tournament, Crowder was one of the most underrated players in the country. Don't ask me why, but it's true.

    Crowder is an absolute beast, and the 6'6" forward has the numbers to prove it with 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

    Crowder may have not been a shinning star entering the dance, but now he is one of the biggest stars left in the tournament.

5. Tu Holloway, Xavier

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    If Tu Holloway wants to score, he is going to.

    Holloway can score in a variety of ways, whether if it is knocking down a deep three or slashing through the lanes.

    Holloway is averaging 23 points per game in the Big Dance. He is easily the best scoring guard in the tournament.

    Just name another guard that can score at will like Holloway. We may be here a while.

4. Thomas Robinson, Kansas

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    Robinson's numbers on the season are absolutely ridiculous. He puts up 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds on a nightly basis.

    His post game is out of this world, whether on offense or defense.

    Kansas may have a very good team, but Robinson is the best of the best, especially on the Jayhawks.

3. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

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    It's crazy that someone can have a "bad season" with the kind of numbers that Jared Sullinger has.

    The big man is averaging 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Doesn't sound like a bad season to me.

    Where would Ohio State be without Sullinger? Probably nowhere.

    Sullinger is so important to the Buckeyes because of how good his game is.

2. Draymond Green, Michigan State

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    A player like Draymond Green only comes around every once in a great while. He is definitely a blue moon type of player, meaning there aren't many players like Green.

    Green leads his team on and off the court like no other.

    Tom Izzo has coached some amazing players in his day, but for Izzo to compare Green to a player like Magic Johnson is incredible. Both players, of course, had different playing styles, but Izzo appreciates how they act and what they mean to their team.

    Green puts up 16.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. By the way, he also averages 3.6 assists per contest.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky

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    This should come as no surprise to anyone. Anthony Davis has a chance to not only win the Freshman of the Year award, but the Player of the Year award as well.

    Pretty impressive.

    Davis may only average 14.3 points per game, but he could easily put up 25 a night if he wanted to. What Davis is known for, though, is his rebounding (10 per game) and shot-blocking ability (4.6 per game).

    Davis is amazing in the post. There is no player in the nation that disturbs a team quite like him.

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