Hurricanes guard Shane Larkin was subtle and not so subtle, and by the time he had finished jump-starting his squad Friday, Pacific was reeling in this second-round game and Miami was on its way to a 78-49 win.
You won't find the huge names on this list. No Trey, Otto or Victor. This is reserved for X-factor players, guys who can ultimately determine how far their team goes, and whether they reach the Final Four.
The Miami Hurricanes had taken the nation by storm. Jim Larranaga's team was unbeaten in ACC play and had dominated Duke and North Carolina. However, the 'Canes were smacked on the road against Wake Forest -- and may have dropped off the No. 1 line in the process.
Michigan lost Saturday. Kansas has dropped three in a row. Indiana and Florida both went down to potential NIT teams earlier in the week. No one has earned the No. 1 spot in the land -- and no one will earn it until April 8.
Miami made enough 3-pointers early (and late) to create a score so lopsided that the outcome of this ACC showdown was never really in doubt. But the play of the afternoon actually originated from inside the arc.