Players to Watch in 2014 NCAA Tournament's First 4

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Players to Watch in 2014 NCAA Tournament's First 4
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Xavier's Semaj Christon (center) and Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble (right) highlight the NCAA tournament's First Four in Dayton.

The NCAA tournament's First Four shines the spotlight on eight teams that not only earned tickets to the Big Dance but also got the "bonus" prize of getting to play an extra game just to get into the tourney's main field.

Each of these teams got to this point because of the effort of one key player, a guy who night in and night out provided the kind of balance, consistency and leadership necessary to lead their schools into the postseason. Each has his own story, and we're here to tell them.

Check out our look at the players to watch from Tuesday and Wednesday night's First Four from Dayton, Ohio.


Follow Brian J. Pedersen on Twitter at @realBJP.

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