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Although the common belief is that guards win in March, teams with just guards do not usually make it to the Final Four. Rebounding and post presence are also keys to success. The following teams have the best frontcourts heading into March:
1. West Virginia: The Mountaineers have a fantastic forward trio in Da’Sean Butler, Devin Ebanks and Kevin Jones. All three are match-up problems.
2. Kentucky: The Wildcats are led by two of the best players in the country in DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson. Don’t forget Daniel Orton.
3. Syracuse: If Arinze Onuaku is healthy, the Orange are tough up front. Wesley Johnson is an All-American, and Kris Joseph is a great sixth man.
4. Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have two potential lottery picks on the low block in Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors, a couple of dominant big men.
5. Kansas: Cole Aldrich’s numbers have slipped this season, but he’s still one of the best centers. Marcus and Markieff Morris provide scoring and rebounding.
6. Butler: The Bulldogs are led by Gordon Hayward, a great shooter and scorer, and Matt Howard, a solid big man who needs to dominate more often.
7. Vanderbilt: The Commodores have the pieces to make a run, starting with forward Jeffery Taylor and Australian big man A.J. Ogilvy down low.
8. Marquette: The Golden Eagles are extremely undersized, but forwards Lazar Hayward and Jimmy Butler pose match-up nightmares for opponents.
9. Siena: The Saints have all the pieces. Edwin Ubiles is a versatile scorer; Alex Franklin dominates the paint; and Ryan Rossiter can rebound well.
10. Northern Iowa: The Panthers have scoring forward Adam Koch and 7-foot center Jordan Eglseder. This isn’t your normal mid-major bunch.
11. San Diego State: The underrated Aztecs have three athletic forwards on the frontline in Kawhi Leonard, Malcolm Thomas and Billy White.
12. UTEP: Don’t overlook the Miners. Derrick Caracter and Arnett Moultrie could be future pros, while Jeremy Williams is another scorer and rebounder.