Every April back at GK Central, as we vacuum crushed Doritos, recycle our empties and roll the abacus back into its cabinet, we engage in a raucous debate over the tourney's All-Giant Killer Team. What began as a fun way to honor the pivotal players in the tournament's upsets actually yields some interesting upsets in the composition of Giant Killer rosters.
Thus, on the eve of Selection Sunday, we're looking ahead. We've already written at length about teams with Giant Killer aspirations, and we'll have plenty more coming, including upset ratings for every game with GK implications. But the theories behind Giant Killing -- maximizing possessions, high-risk/high-reward styles -- can be expressed through players, too.
So while you've probably heard of guys like Creighton's Doug McDermott, Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, Memphis' Will Barton and Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary's, there are many, many more names you'll need to know over the next three weeks.
We'll offer a few of our favorites heading into the tournament, focusing on teams that have already qualified or seem like at-large locks, while ignoring those who are likely to be seeded too high to qualify as a Giant Killer (such as Wichita State). But we want to hear your suggestions as well. So post in the comments section or tweet at us, and we'll investigate for a future blog.
Just remember that being a terrific player isn't good enough -- we're looking for those along the lines of floor-stretching power forwards, guards who swipe the ball and dish it, undersized offensive rebounders and pure marksmen. Like some of these guys:
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