This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
While much of the attention in the RotoWire College Hoops department shifts to teams at this time of year, the bread & butter of the coverage most of the season lies with individual players. Our breaking news team has tracked player injuries all season long, supplying data to most major hosts of college fantasy games. Here, we'll take that knowledge and apply it to the bracket, taking a closer examination of key injuries that can affect a team's ability to make a run.
Markus Howard, G, Marquette
Howard dealt with a wrist injury in the Big East semifinal loss against Seton Hall, but returned to action after briefly exiting. He did miss the game-winning shot, but it's hard to tell if the wrist came into play. Howard finished that game with 21 points across 33 minutes, and has already declared himself "good to go" for Marquette's first-round matchup against Murray State. While Howard has yet to miss a start all season, the Big East's leading scorer has dealt with minor cramps and a back issue which has limited him in a few games. I'll take his word for it here, though. Few first-round matchups will be more intriguing than his head-to-head showdown with Murray State's Ja Morant, where Marquette is currently a four-point favorite.
Tyus Battle, G, Syracuse
Battle missed Syracuse's only ACC Tournament game due to a back injury, and the Orange unceremoniously fell to Duke without their leading scorer. His absence was significant,