Unsung stars will shine in Atlanta

Every year in the Final Four, there are heroes that come through and surprise people.

When I look at the four teams going to Atlanta, I see a number of candidates worthy of consideration for heroic performances out of the blue.

Michael Carter-Williams has been the star for Syracuse, but keep an eye on C.J. Fair to come through in Atlanta. He has scored in double figures in all four games in the tournament and he can make electrifying plays to the basket. Fair has been solid and steady.

I know Fair is the leading scorer, but I believe he doesn't always get the credit he deserves on this team. He has scored in double figures in 27 of his past 29 games. The only two times he did not put up at least 10 points in a game, the opponent's jersey said Georgetown on it. The Hoyas are sitting at home right now.

Wichita State has a balanced attack, but Fred Van Vleet was averaging about four points per game during the regular season. He came up with 13 points against Gonzaga and 12 against Ohio State. Coach Gregg Marshall would love that type of contribution at the Final Four, quietly doing damage in a prime-time situation.

I think Chane Behanan can be a surprise in the low blocks for Louisville. People will look at Russ Smith, Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, but Behanan does a lot of little things. He is a factor on the glass and will contribute.

Michigan's Nik Stauskas was on fire against Florida in the regional final, hitting all six of his trifecta attempts. He had 22 points against the Gators after putting up 27 in the first three games of the tournament. He could be an X factor against that tenacious Orange zone.