This year's NCAA tournament has certainly been madness. With top teams Kansas and Villanova out after only two rounds, new heroes are emerging and leading their Cinderella teams into the Sweet 16.
Kansas, Villanova, and some other very talented high-majors who were ousted early could use these mid-major heroes on their rosters. Heck, if these five heroes were on the teams listed in this article, those teams would probably win it all.
Alright, so check out the five mid-major heroes who would fit perfectly with eliminated high-major teams.
If Jordan Crawford were on G-Tech their starting lineup would be:
G Iman Shumpert
G Jordan Crawford
G Glen Rice Jr.
F Derrick Favors
F Gani Lawal
Georgia Tech had as much talent this year as anybody. With NBA draft lottery pick Derrick Favors and five star recruit Iman Shumpert, the expectations were high. One thing G-Tech was missing was another guard who could take over besides Shumpert. Jordan Crawford would solve that problem and take a little bit of a load off the big men who need to be constantly producing offensively.
If Wittman were on Kansas their starting lineup would be:
G Sherron Collins
G Xavier Henry
G Ryan Wittman
F Markeef Morris
F Cole Aldrich
Kansas' second round loss to Northern Iowa was the biggest surprise of the NCAA tournament so far. It's hard to argue that Kansas is really missing a piece to their team. However, if you had to choose a missing piece, it would be a three-point shooter of Wittman's capability.
Starting guard Tyshawn Taylor was the sore thumb of this years Kansas team and if Wittman were there instead of him, things would be much different.
If Samhan were on Villanova their starting lineup would be:
G Scottie Reynolds
G Corey Fisher
G Corey Stokes
G Reggie Redding
C Omar Samhan
Villanova's missing piece this year was a low post player. Samhan certainly showed them what they were missing. He scored 32 points against them to help his Gaels team eliminate Villanova in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The sky would be the limit if Samhan joined Villanova. He is a perfect piece to their puzzle because of his low post domination and his ability to run the court as well.
If Gordon Hayward were on Louisville their starting lineup would be:
G Edgar Sosa
G Jerry Smith
G Gordon Hayward
F Terrence Jennings
F Samardo Samuels
Louisville was a mystery this season. They beat the new favorite to win it all, Syracuse, two times this year. However, they finished only 9-7 in the Big East and lost in the second round of the Big East tournament, and went on to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Cal.
Louisville was missing a player who could shoot from outside consistently, take the majority of the shots, and grab nine boards as well. That player is Gordon Hayward.
If Jordan Eglseder were on Maryland their starting lineup would be:
G Greivis Vasquez
G Eric Hayes
F Jordan Williams
F Landon Milbourne
C Jordan Eglseder
Maryland was a very good team this season, as we saw with their victory over Duke at home to win a share of the ACC regular season title. Their one weakness was that they didn't have a true big man. UNI's Jordan Eglseder would plug up the middle and allow Milbourne and Williams to help if needed. It would be interesting to see Vasquez's passing skills exhibited with a big target down low.