March Madness 2014: 10 Crucial X-Factors in Final Four

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March Madness 2014: 10 Crucial X-Factors in Final Four
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Nothing quite encapsulates the spirit of March Madness like the term "X-factor," and we've identified 10 X-factors that will determine the outcome of these Final Four games.

The term gets thrown around so loosely that it has just about lost all meaning, but its roots are in mathematics as a means of identifying an unknown quantity.

Kentucky's Julius Randle has been a double-double machine, and we don't expect that to stop anytime soon. But what kind of production will the Wildcats get from their secondary big men?

Shabazz Napier has been incredible thus far in the tournament, but how will he fare against the impeccable defense of Florida?

Wisconsin's backcourt shot the ball exceptionally well in the first three games of the tournament but struggled in the Elite Eight against Arizona. Which Badgers will show up in Dallas?

So many unknowns. So little time.


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