As college basketball fans we love fast-break dunks, sharp shooting from behind the three-point line and Cinderella upsets. The plays that make the cut on nightly highlight shows can attest to this during the season.
However, defense is still critical if the Final Four (or beyond) is the goal for your team in the 2013-14 season.
Every coach wants a defensive ace that can single-handedly destroy an opponent’s game plan. Few are lucky enough to have such an asset, but those that coach the following players certainly do.
This is of course not meant to be a comprehensive list of every great defender in college basketball, so feel free to add who you think is missing in the comments below.