It's a team game and UCLA must play that way if they are going to run deep into this year's Dance. Like all team games, though, it is the individual's performance within the system that determines the success of the unit.
March Madness—with the nation from coast-to-coast riveted to 40 minutes of do-or-die fury—presents a unique stage for players to step upon and reveal themselves as a true hero of the hardwood.
I have ranked UCLA's five starters in order of the likelihood of their becoming a high hero of the tournament for the Bruins, but also with the subheading of what type of hero they must be for UCLA to win.
One bench player with an opportunity to make a big impact completes the list. It is not as though the second bench player could not be a hero, or that his efforts would not make a welcome contribution. But this is a list of the most likely of heroes, and it ended at No. 6.