Big-shot ballers: 15 guys who want the ball in their hands

It’s not often we see a Final Four or national championship team that doesn’t have a go-to-guy or a couple of players who have proven they can hit big shots when it counts. A season ago, Kentucky was a balanced offensive outfit -- but guys like Darius Miller and Doron Lamb showed multiple times that they were not afraid of taking and making shots down the stretch. A player who can break down defenses or knock down jumpers in the closing seconds might be the difference between an early exit and a deep run.

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Trey Burke, Michigan: Burke is unbelievably effective when he can use high ball screens in late-clock situations. He can go to the rim or shoot off the dribble.

Shane Larkin, Miami: Larkin is so an outstanding playmaker with the ball in his hands, capable of scoring himself or finding an open teammate.

Otto Porter, Georgetown: Porter’s ability to create matchup problems and find gaps in man and zone defenses make him tough to stop.

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State: Smart has knocked down multiple game-winners this season, and he is fearless when going into the lane.

Khalif Wyatt, Temple: Wyatt’s game is old-school, and he utilizes a variety of floaters, learners and fadeaways to get his points.

Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State: Thomas is one of the best flat-out scorers in the country, and his perimeter shooting has added a new dimension.

Chase Tapley, San Diego State: Tapley plays second fiddle to Jamaal Franklin, but he has hit several big shots in his career and has confidence.

Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary’s: It’s so tough to guard Dellavedova off screens, and his unorthodox offensive game gives him an edge.

Kendall Williams, New Mexico: Any guy who knocks down 10 3-pointers and scores 46 points can make the cut. Teammate Tony Snell isn’t bad, either.

Jordan Hulls, Indiana: Of all the players on Indiana, Hulls seems like the one most capable of knocking down a big shot. Teams have to be aware of his quick release.

Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati: He and teammate Cashmere Wright are the two main scorers on Cincinnati, and Kilpatrick is supremely confident.

Doug McDermott, Creighton: Because he can score in so many ways, McDermott is a nightmare to guard late in the game. Draws contact, too.

Russ Smith, Louisville: Poor decisions against Notre Dame might cloud your memory, but Smith (and Peyton Siva) are so tough to keep out of the lane.

Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss: Henderson is capable of shooting his own team out of a game, but he's also dangerous enough to terrify an opposing team.

Allen Crabbe, California: One of the best scorers on the West Coast, Crabbe is adept from behind the arc but can also score in the mid-range.

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