Here's a look at the 10 most important players who will have a chance to be the difference maker in cutting down the nets on Monday night.
1. Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin: The 7-footer has been an X-Factor for the Badgers all season, but he's been a serious matchup headache for opponents in the tournament. Kaminsky torched Arizona for 28 points and while much of that came from his perimeter shooting, he also relied on his Kevin Garnett-esque footwork in the paint. Kaminsky, who averaged 4.2 points a game last year, dropped 43 on North Dakota in November. If Wisconsin wins it all, he will certainly have something to do with it.
2. Shabazz Napier, UConn: The senior guard has been the best player in the NCAA tournament, and his takeover abilities have catapulted the Huskies to the Final Four. It started with a strong performance against Saint Joseph's — 24 points, eight rebounds, six assists. UConn was on the brink of ending its season before pulling away in overtime of that game. Napier's latest clutch performance came against Michigan State. His 25 points and six boards helped Connecticut upset a team that was favored by many to win the title. For UConn to stun top-seeded Florida, it'll take another awesome outing from Napier.
3. Scottie Wilbekin, Florida: He's the SEC Player of the Year for a reason. Since his return after a five-game suspension, Florida has been a different team. The senior floor general spearheads the Gators' offense, and he is a great on-the-ball defender. Because Florida has so many offensive weapons, Wilbekin doesn't have to carry the offensive load and he rarely forces shots. When he does score, it's often a momentum-shifting basket to end another team's run or start one for the Gators. His 23 points against Dayton helped Florida pull away comfortably. He'll need a similar showing vs. UConn.
4. Patric Young, Florida: The senior big man has been to three consecutive Elite Eights and now he's finally got a shot in the Final Four. Young is great with pick and rolls and he's got a linebacker's body with great defensive instincts. The Gators will also need his energy and leadership to carry them to the title game.
5. Andrew Harrison, Kentucky: John Calipari has coached his fair share of blossoming point guards. Whether it be getting Derrick Rose to shoot more or John Wall to shoot less, he's been able to find the right formula. Harrison might have been his toughest case but it's been coming together in the tournament. The Wildcats' point guard shot 3-for-12 from the floor against Michigan and a repeat of that can't happen again. His 20 points helped beat Wichita State, though. Harrison's decision-making will have to be on-point for Kentucky to win on Saturday. Kentucky's freshmen have grown up over the course of the season, and they'll need to limit careless turnovers to prove that. It starts with Harrison.
6. Aaron Harrison, Kentucky: The freshman guard hit the game-winning three-pointer against Michigan, and his shots will need to fall for Kentucky to get past Wisconsin. He went 3-for-13 from the field so it his shooting has been quite as good as his brother's has been overall. The important thing is he keeps shooting. He will have to hit a chunk of game-defining shots in this tournament. Expect the Badgers to be keying on him — making his playmaking ability as vital as his offensive production.
7. Julius Randle, Kentucky: He's been the most consistent force for the Wildcats all season, and that can't change against Wisconsin. Staying out of foul trouble will be crucial because Kentucky needs his energy on both offense and defense. Randle averages a double-double and has delivered one in each game of the tournament. He can put the team on his back if he needs to and defensively he'll be counted on big-time against a perimeter-oriented Wisconsin squad.
8. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin: Dekker might be the Badgers' best offensive weapon outside of Kaminsky. He's a capable scorer and is a scrappy, versatile forward. Dekker isn't a go-to scorer and when he does have a big game it's a product of Bo Ryan's disciplined offensive system. But considering how much pressure there will be on Kaminsky, Dekker better be ready to step up.
9. DeAndre Daniels: UConn: The junior forward will be needed to keep the heavy pressure off Napier or Ryan Boatright. His 27-point, 10-rebound performance helped the Huskies oust Iowa State. He'll need to put up a performance of that caliber if Connecticut expects to beat Florida. Daniels could pose matchup problems for the Gators, who have options to defend him but if he wears them down, those players will be less explosive offensively.
10. Dakari Johnson/Marcus Lee, Kentucky: The loss of Willie Cauley-Stein could have completely deflated the Wildcats. Instead, it paved way for these two to start up. Lee's boost against Michigan was certainly the most surprising. The 6-9 forward had 10 points and eight rebounds — playing up to the potential he hasn't lived up to as one of the McDonald's All-Americans on Kentucky's roster. Johnson, meanwhile, has been starting for Kentucky but hasn't exactly been consistent from a production standpoint. He had 15 points and six rebounds against Louisville. He'll need to have another flash of brilliance against Wisconsin with Cauley-Stein still sidelined.