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Unheralded players shine in March

Updated: March 16, 2012, 4:18 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

One thing that I love about the NCAA tournament is the way unsung heroes come through in the clutch.

A perfect example of that was Richard Howell of NC State on Friday. The 6-8 junior, who averaged just under 11 points per game entering the big dance, hit 10-of-12 shots from the field, scoring 22 points to lead Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack to a win over San Diego State.

Howell had his most productive game since November, when he put up 25 big ones against Morehead State.

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