The biggest X-factor for teams like Kansas, UCLA and Oklahoma State is whether their freshman studs can withstand the pressure of March Madness.
Who knows if Marcus Smart or Shabazz Muhammad will demand the ball with the clock winding down on his team’s season?
For most of these freshmen, their teams have already heaped a ton of responsibility on their young shoulders, and their teams wouldn’t be in the NCAA tournament without their contributions.
Not only will the coaches ask these first-years to leap over the proverbial wall, but in some cases, they'll entrust their team’s chances to players who’ve never even been in the field.
Once the madness begins on Thursday, these are the top 10 freshmen you can expect to thrive.