The Sweet 16's most indispensable players
College basketball differs from the pro game in innumerable ways, so for now let's just focus on one: the importance of stars.In the NBA, especially in the postseason, star power is everything; you can't win a title without at least two All-Stars, preferably three, and hopefully one of them is the world-eating monolith named LeBron James.
Rapid Reaction: Arizona 74, Harvard 51
SALT LAKE CITY -- It wasn’t just about Arizona being bigger. The Wildcats, led by point guard Mark Lyons, also were flat-out better. Aggressive, accurate and defensive-minded from the beginning, sixth-seeded Arizona ended 14th-seeded Harvard’s short-lived Cinderella run, 74-51, to advance to the Sweet 16.
Rapid Reaction: Arizona 81, Belmont 64
SALT LAKE CITY -- Arizona on Thursday didn't look like a team that had lost five of its last 10 games entering the NCAA tournament. In dispatching 11th-seeded Belmont 81-64 in the Round of 64 -- shooting better than 56 percent and controlling the backboards (44-18) in the process -- the No.