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February 23, 2010
Down the stretch, X-factors may hold the key
Not every March Madness hero is an All-America player.
Some unusual suspects will emerge and lead their teams to key wins in the final two weeks of the regular season and in the conference tournaments.
The ACC, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Ten and Pac-10 still have hotly contested races, and numerous teams need to beef up the resume to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament - or to improve seeding.
Certainly, most superstar players won't disappear down the stretch. But a number of X-factors also will appear. Here is a look at 12 potential X-factors going into the final weeks of the regular season.
C Eric Boateng, Arizona State
F Jamal Boykin, California
F Gilbert Brown, Pittsburgh
F Ryan Butler, Richmond
G Xavier Henry, Kansas
F Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
C Vernon Macklin, Florida
G Ramone Moore, Temple
Fs Raymar Morgan and Delvon Roe, Michigan State
C Dexter Pittman, Texas
F Jordan Williams, Maryland
C Brian Zoubek, Duke
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.