— We all know about Jared Sullinger and JaJuan Johnson, Kemba Walker and Nolan Smith. Jimmer Fredette's popularity has cooled, but he is still a name we all know.
To help you prepare for the NCAA tournament, here are the 18 must-watch players that you may not be familiar with, but are crucial to their team's success.
The goal? To help you do the best that you can in your office pool. Hey, it's the least we can do for reading along with us this year.
Kenny Boynton, Florida
Boynton is Florida's X-factor. Prior to Florida's loss to Kentucky in the SEC tournament final, Boynton was averaging 19.3 ppg in his previous six games, shooting 23-49 (46.9 percent) from deep. If he is consistently scoring and making threes, he makes Florida very dangerous. In the 70-54 loss to Kentucky, Florida was 4-16 from the floor with just 10 points.
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
There is a good chance that you have never seen Kenny Faried play basketball. Your loss. From the dreadlocks to the rebounds, he is an entertaining, hard-working player. And he's the reason that the Eagles have a shot at knocking off Louisville in the first round.
Ashton Gibbs, Pitt
The knock on Pitt, if there is one, is that they don't have anyone that can create its own shot. Untrue. Granted, Gibbs needs to have a screener and a passer, but when the Panthers' offense gets bogged down, they run Gibbs off of a screen and get him an open jumper. Nobody's better better at coming off of a screen.
Justin Harper, Richmond
Kevin Anderson is the name that you've heard, but Justin Harper is this team's star and matchup nightmare. He's an athletic, 6-10 forward with a deadly 3-point jumper and the ability to put the ball on the floor. He's developed into a terrific scorer and piqued the interest of the NBA.
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Holloway could be the country's most underrated player. He's one of just two players that averaged 20 ppg, 5 rpg, and 5 apg this season, and he did it for a Xavier team that dominated the Atlantic 10 and earned themselves a 6 seed. If the Musketeers are to make another run in the tourney, Holloway will be the key.
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee
Hopson is the Vols' difference maker. He has lottery pick talent, but he's not always aggressive enough. There is plenty wrong with this Tennessee team and it isn't all solved by Hopson. But when he is attacking the basket, he makes the Vols a different team.
Joe Jackson, Memphis
The Tigers struggled down the stretch, losing three of their last five games. That came at a time when Jackson was struggling to get off the bench and see consistent minutes. In the C-USA tournament, which Memphis needed to win to get into the NCAA tournament, Jackson averaged 18.7 ppg and shot 55.2 percent from the floor and 87 percent (20-23) from the line. He makes Memphis that much more dynamic.
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse
All you have to do is peruse the Syracuse blogs and message boards to understand the conundrum that is Scoop. On the one hand, he is a talented point guard, a guy that averages 12.8 ppg and 5.8 apg. But he's also maddeningly inconsistent, making some big shots and making some horrific decisions.
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Marshall has made the Tar Heels a completely different team. With the exception of two losses to Duke, UNC is undefeated since Marshall has been in the starting lineup. He makes everyone the floor better when he has the ball. As an added bonus, if you watch him, you're guaranteed to see at least one highlight reel pass.
Alex Oriakhi and Jeremy Lamb, UConn
I'll state the obvious -- Kemba Walker is UConn's star. But the Huskies aren't going anywhere if they are a one-man show. Lost in UConn's run through the Big East tournament was the play of Lamb and Oriakhi. Lamb has become a smooth slasher, a guy that can hit a three, make a floater, and finish around the rim. When's Oriakhi is a force on the glass and around the rim, makes the Huskies a completely different team.
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
Kansas State has had a resurgence late in the season, and Pullen was the catalyst. It shouldn't be a wonder that when he shot 6-19, 3-11 from 3-point land, and only got to the free-throw line three times, the Wildcats lost to Colorado in the Big 12 tournament.
Chris Singleton, Florida State
Like Chris Wright, Singleton has missed time but is expected to be ready for the NCAA tournament. While the Seminoles' offense has, at times, looked smoother without Singleton on the floor, FSU has also struggled more on the defensive end. Singleton is the country's single best defensive player, the kind of guy that can legitimately defend anyone.
Jamie Skeen, VCU
The Rams are a team who thrive on pressure and 3-point shooting. They are similar to Louisville in that they have a solid bench and a number of versatile weapons on the floor at all times. Skeen, however, is really their only scoring threat in the paint. The Wake Forest transfer adds toughness and another dimension to this team.
David Stockton, Gonzaga
Stockton, the walk-on, redshirt freshman son of Gonzaga's most famous alum, started playing significant minutes in Gonzaga's home loss to St. Mary's, the Zags' third straight loss. Since then, Gonzaga has lost one game with Stockon playing heavy minutes -- that was to Memphis, when he didn't score, had three turnovers, and fouled out in a loss.
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Taylor gets nowhere near the credit that he deserves for being arguably the country's best point guard. His efficiency numbers are off the charts, as he is second in the country in offensive rating. He scores, he rebounds the ball, he finds assists, and he doesn't turn it over. He's the reason that Wisconsin is a contender.
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
The Huskies are talented, but their catalyst is the dynamic 5-9 point guard. Washington doesn't have a ton of guys who can create their own shot, and Thomas is one of the best in the country at creating opportunities for his teammates. Watching Thomas and Matthew Bryan-Amaning run a pick-and-roll is delightful.
Chris Wright, Georgetown
The Hoyas were awful without Wright. They could not score. The word is that the point guard is going to be back in the lineup, but how good is he going to be? Will he be the same Wright? If he is, Georgetown could be a sleeper. If he isn't, Georgetown will have trouble with the winner of USC and VCU.