— You went to the parties, ate the food and enjoyed Super Bowl XLV. But you're behind when it comes to college basketball. Not to worry. We're here to help.
You've probably caught highlights of Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker on SportsCenter, which means you probably know about the BYU and Connecticut guards. So here are 12 other must-know players for the 2010-11 season.
Read up, because March is almost here.
Austin Freeman, Georgetown
Freeman is the least appreciated superstar in the country. The "Silent Assassin" averages 18.7 ppg, shoots 45.7 percent from deep, and is one of the country's best clutch shooters. As Freeman goes, so go the Hoyas -- he is averaging just 12.8 ppg and shooting 40.3 percent from the floor in their five losses.
Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston
There may not be a more dangerous mid-major player than Goudelock, averaging 23.5 ppg and 4.4 apg. The Cougars have beaten Tennessee this season and just missed upsets of Maryland, North Carolina, and Clemson. He's scored 25 points 13 times this season and is averaging 26.8 ppg in four games against high-major opponents.
Jordan Hamilton, Texas
The biggest reason for the Longhorn's emergence as a national title threat is Hamilton's development. Last year, he was a streaky scorer known for his quick trigger. This year, he's a more efficient and disciplined scorer, upping his scoring from 10.0 ppg to 18.9 ppg, his effective field goal percentage from 50.7 percent to 56.8 percent, and his offensive rating from 105.7 to 116.8.
Tu Holloway, Xavier
There are only four players in the country who average more than 20 points and five assists -- Nolan Smith, Charles Jenkins of Hofstra, Norris Cole of Cleveland State, and Holloway. He's become a star in Jordan Crawford's absence, and he is the biggest reason that the banged up Musketeers are tied atop the Atlantic 10.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse
Jackson lost 25 pounds during the summer, making himself more explosive and increasing his endurance and, in the process, turned himself into the Big East's most dominant interior presence. He's not a big time scorer -- the 21 points he had against South Florida on Saturday was the first time he scored 20 this season -- but he averages 11.5 rpg (3.8 offensive), 2.3 bpg, and 1.3 spg.
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
It's hard to believe Johnson has gone from a twig that played JV in high school to one of the nation's most versatile frontcourt players. The senior averages 20.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and 2.2 bpg, but also shoots 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and is a matchup nightmare for opposing big men due to his perimeter skills. He's also carried Purdue to a 7-3 record in the Big Ten and a top 10 ranking.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Jones had quite an interesting recruitment, committing to Washington at a press conference before backing out and eventually heading to Kentucky. And in his first season in Lexington, Jones has proven why he was in high demand. He's averaging 17.9 ppg and 8.9 rpg, providing Big Blue Nation with everything from thunderous dunks to a feathery touch from deep.
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
How many high-major programs regret looking past this kid? Leonard is a junkyard dog. He's a tough, athletic combo-forward who defends and aggressively attacks the glass. How tough is he? In the Aztec's loss at BYU, Leonard was throwing up before the game. He proceeded to score 22 points and grab 15 boards. Make sure you see this kid play at least once.
Marcus and Markieff Morris, Kansas
There may not be a better frontcourt tandem. Marcus is better on the offensive end, as he has become the nation's most efficient low-post scorer. I'm not just saying that, either. He averages 1.26 points per possesion in the post. Jared Sullinger is second at 1.13 PPP. Markieff is less polished offensively, but he's a tougher defender and a little bigger. Combined, they average 29.8 ppg and 15.3 rpg.
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Jon Leuer may be the star, but Jordan Taylor is the engine that makes Wisconsin run. He averages 17.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 4.6 apg despite being the second option on a team that averages the fewest possessions in the country. He's turned the ball over 25 times in 21 games as the primary ball handler while playing 35.5 mpg. He's also the Badger's go-to guy in the clutch. Most underrated point guard in the country.
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
When Isaiah Thomas is playing well, Washington looks like a Final Four team. When he isn't, the Huskies look like a team on the bubble. He had an enormous improvement initially when he was switched to the point, but the last three games he has struggled. Washington, as a result, has lost three in a row on the road.
Derrick Williams, Arizona
Williams is incredibly efficient. The biggest reason for that is his ability to draw fouls -- he gets to the line more than nine times a game. His effective field-goal percentage of 69.8 percent leads the country, and his 63.3 percent shooting from the floor and sizzling 69.4 percent from beyond the arc is even more impressive. Most importantly, however, Williams averages 19.5 ppg and 8.1 rpg for an team all alone atop the Pac-10.