There's a good deal of local blood in this year's event. Which of the 14 Baltimore-area players in the field has the best shot at making a name for himself in the Big Dance?

Barker: I'm picking Syracuse guard C.J. Fair (City), because he is a senior and may be on the NCAA stage longer than most of the others. Fair is a dynamic player on a team with a formidable lineup. Markus: Since C.J. Fair made a name for himself last year in helping Syracuse reach the Final Four, I would have to eliminate him. Considering who is he going up against, Delaware's Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) has the most to gain if he can hold his own or outplay Michigan State's Gary Harris. Shaffer: The NCAA tournament's early rounds are a showcase for guards who like to shoot a lot, like 15-times-a-game a lot. Hey, that's about what Devon Saddler shoots! The Aberdeen graduate averages 19.7 points on 15.5 field-goal attempts per game, and he'll need all of those, and probably more, against No. 4 seed Michigan State on Thursday. Saddler at least gives the Blue Hens a shot. (Give or take another 14, probably.) Bracken: Syracuse's C.J. Fair is Baltimore's best college basketball player, but as a first-team All-ACC selection and a Final Four participant a year ago, I think it's safe to say that he's already made a name for himself. So I'll go with Isaiah Armwood, a Baltimore native and Montrose Christian grad who transferred to George Washington from Villanova two-and-a-half years ago. Armwood, a fifth-year senior power forward, is a double-double threat every night and has patiently waited for a starring role on an NCAA tournament team after serving as a role player for the Wildcats as a freshman and sophomore. Selig: I'm sticking with Delaware and will say Devon Saddler. I think he has a little bit of John Gilchrist in him, and I say that in the most polite way possible. He may take a bad shot here and there, but he won't be deterred and could carry his team into the Sweet 16.
Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun
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