PG play less crucial for tourney giants

Floor generals are great, but unless you're a mid-major, they're not the key to success

Updated: March 16, 2011, 3:32 PM ET
By Matt Giles | ESPN Insider
Nolan SmithStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesNolan Smith sets up his teammates well but he can create baskets for himself when needed.

It's been said on numerous occasions that a team's point guard has to be the most responsible player on the court. After all, a point guard's actions are equivalent to having the coach on the floor. He often signals the offensive play, starts roughly three quarters of the team's possessions and is typically the first line of defense on the fast break.

When it comes to the NCAA tournament, though, does the presence of a good point guard, or a solid overall backcourt, ensure a team will still be around on the second Thursday or Friday?

Not really.