It is obvious that throughout the grind of an entire season, the success of a team falls solely on the shoulders of its star players—the well-known commodities glamorized by the media.
The players expected to carry their teammates each and every game will bear the majority of the brunt, win or lose. They maintain an effort to keep the entire group focused on the one goal that each program has its sights set on—an NCAA Championship.
However, we would be naïve to think that each game throughout the season was decided exclusively by one or two players from each team.
There often comes a time when someone unexpectedly steps up to preserve a victory or prevent a loss. And there is no better time for that to occur than now, because the next loss by Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State or Louisville signifies the end of the season.
While the nation is familiar with Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Jared Sullinger and Peyton Siva, here are the X-Factors for each of the remaining Final Four teams.