From the guy you want taking the last shot to the mascot you want having your back

The biggest moments, best players, trickiest coaching decisions, strangest turns of fate and shining-est moments -- the NCAA tournament always emblazons lasting memories and timeless arguments into your brain forever. Like, for example: Who takes the big shot? Who guards him? Which coach would you want to draw it up?

When a fight breaks out in the Final Four fan zone, which mascot do you want on your team?

Fortunately, we have answers to these crucial questions -- and more -- as we hand out a few 2016 NCAA tournament superlatives.

Guy you want taking the last shot: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Sooners

Hield is a good bet to create a good look and knock it down no matter the time and score, and he has made one big shot after another all season long.

Three seconds left. Ball at half court. Coach you want drawing up the play: Tony Bennett, Virginia Cavaliers

The classic answer is Tom Izzo, and it's hard to do much better. In the interest of variety, let's go with Bennett, who always has some new wrinkle coming out of breaks -- and whose team averaged the most points per possession after timeouts (1.024) of any in this field, per Synergy scouting data.

The team you absolutely do not trust: Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils may have won the title a year ago, and Mike Krzyzewski is (obviously) a master, but these Blue Devils are too thin up front, and too weak on the defensive interior, to be trusted in a single-elimination field.

You need a stop. The guy you want defending the other team's best player: Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa Hawkeyes

He blocked more 3s this season than 300-plus Division I teams. That seems relevant.

Player you have never heard of before who you are about to fall in love with: Jameel Warney, Stony Brook Seawolves

Stony Brook drew a brutal matchup in Kentucky, so star forward Warney may not be around long enough for love to bloom. But his 43 points on 18-of-22 shooting in the Seawolves' America East title clincher is required viewing before Thursday.

Mid-major team that is about to blow up everyone's bracket: Wichita State Shockers

Do they count? The nation's top adjusted efficiency defense is laughably underseeded in the First Four and entirely capable of beating Vanderbilt, Arizona and Miami en route to the Sweet 16.

Point guards supposedly win in March. The one person you want running the show: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State Spartans

With all due respect to Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, Valentine manages to be one of the nation's best passers, his team's primary scorer and an elite defensive rebounder all at once.

Celebrity who will get the most air time: Ashley Judd


Conference that is going to look back on March and wonder how it all went wrong: Big East

The Mountain West got one bid. Does that count? No? OK, fine. The Big East has been unfairly derided in recent seasons, but tough first-weekend matchups for Villanova, Xavier and Seton Hall could send the league's elite home early.

The mascot you'd want on your side if you got into a fight: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack

Stephen F. Austin's mascot is a bearded human man in a sleeveless flannel shirt who carries a massive ax. So, yeah. We'll go with that guy.