Nine must-watch men’s players in the Sweet 16 that could create more March Madness

The Sweet 16 of the men's NCAA Tournament might not have the same appeal as the upset-filled first weekend of March Madness. But it's when the dust settles and the remaining teams have defined themselves as the survivors of all the mayhem.

It's also when the national title contenders separate from the happy-to-be-here teams. Or, following the theme of March Madness, when the national title favorites get upset by a team no one saw coming – such as Indiana's bracket-shattering win over heavily favored Duke in 2002. In that game, Jared Jeffries exploded for 24 points and 15  rebounds.  

There's almost always a star player or catalyst in the second weekend who can put the team on his back to spearhead a victory to advance to the Elite Eight. 

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A look at the top nine players to watch of the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis:

Franz Wagner, Michigan 

The 6-9 point guard is garnering NBA attention for his length and playmaking. As important as big man Hunter Dickinson is to the Wolverines' national title pursuits, it's Wagner (12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg) who can make an impact on both ends to drive momentum in Michigan's favor. 


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