So, all of the dust has finally settled, and the bracket for the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has been set. Ohio State, Pitt, Duke and Kansas claimed the four No. 1 seeds in this year's tournament.
Duke will be representing the West Region's No. 1 seed. Other notable teams in the West Region this year include: San Diego State, Texas and Big East tournament champion Connecticut. With the West region well so well represented, it raises the question: Who are the top 10 players in the region?
Balbay was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year this season. The senior guard was often given the assignment of guarding the opposing team's best player.
Which was no easy task given the strength of the Big 12 this season. Look for Balbay's defense to be a huge factor when the Longhorns take on Oakland Friday afternoon.
Battle led Penn State all the way to the championship game in the Big Ten tournament before falling to the overall No. 1 seed Ohio State.
Battle was also recognized as a member of the media's All Big 10 First Team.
Denmon averaged 17 points per game this season leading to All Big 12 First Team honors. Missouri had high expectations before the season, but the team largely failed to live up to them.
However, the Tigers are still dancing. If Missouri hopes to refresh everyone's memory of the their high preseason ranking, Denmon will have to step up his game.
Williams was named Player of the Year in the Pac-10 this season. Additionally, he led the conference in field goal and three-point percentage.
Hamilton was the Longhorns' leading scorer this season. In addition, the California native was named to the All Big 12 First Team. Texas will need Hamilton to step up big in order to make some noise in the tournament.
Oriakhi was the second leading rebounder in the Big East this season. Oriakhi quietly averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds throughout the Big East tournament this past week.
With the majority of the other team's focus on Kemba Walker, Oriakhi and the rest of the Huskies are in prime position to have big games throughout the tournament.
Kawhi Leonard averaged a double-double this season in the Mountain West Conference. The sophomore averaged 15 points per game and nearly 11 rebounds.
Leonard is one of the main reasons the Aztecs are a dark horse team to make the Final Four this season. With his steady post play, Leonard has established himself as a legitimate NBA prospect.
Singler was All-ACC first team this season. On the other hand, he has struggled to find his rhythm at times this season.
However, he is the reigning MOP of the Final Four, and the way he plays in this year's tournament will the ultimate measuring stick for Duke's success.
Nolan Smith was the only unanimous decision for All ACC first team this season. Also, the guard was a member of the conference's All-Defensive Team.
Smith was instrumental in leading Duke to victory over North Carolina in Sunday's ACC tournament championship by scoring 20 points and dishing out 10 assists.
Kemba Walker has become a household name in the basketball world this week by leading Connecticut to the Big East tournament championship.
Walker led the Huskies to five wins in five nights against some of the toughest teams in the nation. Four of the five games were against ranked opponents.
Naturally, Walker was named tournament MVP, and he broke the tournament scoring record in the process.
Walker's Big East tournament performance now has people talking of Connecticut making a serious run at the national championship.