NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket: Dangerous Potential Cinderella Teams

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIMarch 12, 2012

If you're scanning your bracket trying to find a potential Cinderella team in the 2012 March Madness tournament, look no further than the Iona Gaels and the New Mexico State Aggies.

Both of these teams are talented enough to make a serious run through their bracket, and we all know that in March, all it takes is one win to get going.

One upset can completely change the balance of the college basketball world, and quite frankly, there are no teams in this tournament that are unbeatable by any stretch of the imagination.

All four of the No. 1 seeds—Kentucky, Michigan State, Syracuse and North Carolina—have flaws, albeit small ones, so as far as I'm concerned every team in this tournament is susceptible to a loss.

Here's a breakdown of these two potential Cinderella's and what makes them so dangerous:

 

Iona Gaels

Unfortunately for the Gaels, they have an even longer road than most, being that they have to play BYU in the play-in game for the right to play Marquette.

That being said, if there's a team that can take this bracket my storm, it's Iona.

They have the nation's No.1 offense, scoring 83.3 point and notching 19,3 assists per game, and they are extremely good shooters—ranked second in the nation, shooting .429 from the field.

They have a beast of a big man in forward Mike Glover—18.5 points, nine rebounds and one assist per game—and a stellar guard in Scott Machado, who is averaging 9.9 assists per game to go with 13.6 points.

If I just gave you those numbers I highly doubt you would think this was a MAAC team.

I expect that they will blow through BYU in the play-in, and then it's anybody's game from there. Keep an eye out for the Gaels.

They've got Cinderella written all over them.

 

New Mexico State Aggies

The Aggies find themselves as a No. 13 seed and matched up with the No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers.

I think they've got an upset brewing in them.

This is a team that's exceptional on the boards—ranked sixth in the nation with 40.3 a game—and they back up their hustle with 78.5 points per game. The Hoosiers are ranked 145th in the nation for rebounding, so I expect there will be a huge discrepancy on the boards.

Anybody who knows anything about basketball will tell you that the advantage goes to the team that rebounds better. They're a big team, with three players over 6'10'', and they should be able to hamper Indiana freshman Cody Zeller.

Athletic forward Wendell McKines leads the way for the Aggies with 18.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, and I have no doubt he's going to be a force in the tournament.

If they can get by Indiana, look out because this team has all the makings of a Cinderella.

 

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