Basketball is a team sport, but when the NCAA tournament gets down as far as the Elite Eight, games are just as likely to turn on one individual battle.
The teams that have made it as far as the regional finals all have stars to rely on, and the ones who will move on to Arlington are the teams whose leaders can outduel the best the opposition has to offer.
One of the most surprising such contests will be in Memphis, where Dayton’s Jordan Sibert wasn’t supposed to get anywhere near the Elite Eight. Now, the leader of the underdog Flyers will take on the SEC Player of the Year, senior Scottie Wilbekin of No. 1 overall seed Florida.
Herein, a closer look at the backcourt battle at the FedEx Forum and the rest of the half-dozen best individual clashes that will decide who goes to the 2014 Final Four.