Then there's one
final category: the adapters. Who can forget the hobbled heroics of Michigan
State point guard Mateen Cleaves, who mastered the wildly varying speeds during
the Spartans' 2000 Final Four wins over Wisconsin (53-41) and Florida (89-76)?
"Some of it's just a feeling out there: Do I have my finger on the pulse of
this game?" says Calipari. Which tournament-tested point guards have the
chops to negotiate 75-possession track meets and grind-it-out slugfests? Think
Illinois's Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser, UCLA's Jordan Farmar, UConn's
Marcus Williams and Villanova's Kyle Lowry.
When it comes to
navigating the tides of March, success demands not only sure-handed precision
but also an ability to go with the flow. To reach the Final Four in
Indianapolis, teams will have to build their case, one possession at a