Final Four 2014: Ranking the 20 Most Important Players

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Final Four 2014: Ranking the 20 Most Important Players
Frank Franklin II

As we continue anxiously counting down the hours to Saturday's Final Four showdowns, we've ranked the 20 most important players still competing in this year's tournament.

The top four players won't surprise anyone, but No. 5 on the list (pictured above) is flying well below everyone's radar.

Ranking players based on importance is pretty vaguehence the need to develop a stat like WAR in baseball or PER in the NBAbut it really came down to comparing players head-to-head and asking which one we would trust more to do what he does best with the game on the line.

Season and tournament stats were helpful nuggets of information, but a quantitative statistic like points per game didn't factor anywhere near as much as something qualitatively hypothetical as, "How would the rest of the team fare if he had an off night?"

So come along for the ride, and get to know where these 20 players excel, as well as what opposing teams will need to do to have any hope of slowing them down.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all quantitative statistics are courtesy of ESPN.com or KenPom.com (subscription required).

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