The belief that elite point-guard play is required to have success in the NCAA tournament is more than just an adage; it's a fact.
Last year, it was reflected in the surprising run of Ohio behind the play of D.J. Cooper and the downfall of super-talented North Carolina after it lost Kendall Marshall to an injury.
A number of point guards are capable of dominating play and carrying their teams deep into this year's NCAA tournament, and we rank the 10 most likely to do so.
Just missing the cut were New Mexico's Kendall Williams and Pittsburgh's Tray Woodall, while several other point guards could become the talk of the postseason if their teams earn an NCAA-tournament berth. Matthew Dellavedova of St. Mary's heads that group, which includes Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, South Dakota State's Nate Wolters, Montana's Will Cherry, Ohio's Cooper, Detroit's Ray McCallum and Baylor's Pierre Jackson.