A “glue guy” is one of the most ambiguous, indefinable terms in the lexicon of college basketball, and yet every winning team seems to have one.
No one knows quite how to characterize a glue guy, most likely because each player who owns that title provides something vastly different to his team. A glue guy could bring energy off the bench, an ability to defend a team’s most potent scorer or even just toughness in the paint.
Either way, it’s undeniable that a glue guy, as the name would suggest, helps to galvanize a roster in the pressure-filled month of March.
The Big Ten, fortunate to have five teams within the AP’s Top 20 rankings, has an abundance of these types of players, each flying beneath the radar of his more prominent teammates. But just because they don’t get the recognition, that doesn’t make them any less prized within a given team’s rotation.
So which of the Big Ten’s glue guys are the best at doing whatever it is that glue guys do?