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October 23, 2006
Top sixth men supply spark off the bench
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Every college basketball season you hear the line, "This guy would be starting for just about any other team in the country," from some color commentator.
That may be the case for the 15 guys on our list of the nation's top sixth men.
Many have played well enough to earn starting jobs, but they've become so valuable off the bench that their coaches prefer to keep them there.
They play a variety of key roles, from providing a quick offensive lift, to locking down an opponent's best perimeter player, to creating a low-post presence – a few even do a little of each.
The line of who is actually a sixth man is so blurred that we didn't limit our search to only players who are the first to come off the bench for their respective teams (although anyone who started more than 10 games last season was ineligible). Most teams don't have someone that consistently fills that role – or they have multiple players that do.
In fact, defending national champion Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin all landed two players on the list.