The key to winning march madness comes down to a team with a great balanced attack. Sometimes however you need to rely on a certain player (scorer) to get hot when you need them to and give your team that extra push. So which teams have players who they can ride in crunch time? Lets take a look at some scorers teams will rely on to help get them far into march madness.
Shabazz Muhammad UCLA - If there's a freshman in the tourney who could have a Carmelo Anthony-like impact, it's Shabazz Muhammad.
Brandon Paul Illinois - Paul was averaging 18.8 points per game at that point, which included dropping 35 in a win on the road at Gonzaga
Ian Clark Belmont - Clark has three 30-plus point games this season and is one of the best three-point shooters in the country at 46.2 percent.
Joe Harris Virginia - Over a nine-game stretch, Harris averaged 22.6 points, shot 45.2 percent from deep and got to the free-throw line often, making 45 of 54 attempts. He finished it off with 36 points to knock off Duke.
Matthew Dellavedova St Mary's - The Aussie point guard uses screens like an NBA vet, and not only does he get plenty of buckets off ball-screen action, he also always has his head up in search for an open looks at a three or layup for a teammate.
Kelly Olynyk Gonzaga - Kelly Olynyk's unbelievably efficient numbers—he's making 69.5 percent of his twos—are not the result of weak competition. The Zags played eight games against teams that will likely make the NCAA tournament. In those eight games, Olynyk averaged 21 points (better than his season average of 17.7) and he made 62.7 percent of his twos.
Trey Burke Michigan - When Michigan is in trouble, Burke can occasionally come down with a dose of hero syndrome. In early February losses to Indiana and Wisconsin, for instance, Burke got up 24 and 21 shots, respectively.
Otto Porter Georgetown - Porter has been unbelievably consistent since Whittington was ruled academically ineligible. He has scored 17 or more points in 12 of 15 games, which is impressive all alone. Consider that the Hoyas play slow and don't give their guys a lot of possessions to rack up the points and those numbers are unreal.
Doug McDermott Creighton - McDermott was given the nickname "Dougie McBuckets" by the fellas over at College Basketball Talk, because frankly, he can get buckets. Everywhere. He shoots 48.1 percent from three and 59.4 percent inside the arc, which are ridiculous percentages for someone who the defense always keys in on.
Deshaun Thomas Ohio State - The concern for the Buckeyes has been that their offense is Thomas and not much else. That's still a concern, but hey, they have Thomas. Thomas and a bunch of role guys is better than most offenses in the country.