5 X-Factors to Watch in the Kentucky vs. Kansas State NCAA Tournament Matchup

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5 X-Factors to Watch in the Kentucky vs. Kansas State NCAA Tournament Matchup
John Bazemore/Associated Press

When I talk X-factors, I'm not necessarily talking about a team's leading scorer. Not the guy you know will show up. I'm talking about those sneaky players who may not make a big difference game after game, but when they do play well, their teams wins.

X-factors can be surprising. It can be a performance nobody was expecting. And when you get something like that from an unsuspecting player, it usually spells disaster for the opposing team.

For a team like Kansas State with a deep bench, the X-factor could be anybody. For Kentucky, which really only plays seven guys, it's going to be names you are more aware of, but it doesn't make their contributions any less vital.

With that in mind, here are the five biggest X-factors in the Kentucky-Kansas State game. Both teams beware.

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