March Madness 2012: 11 Greatest Cinderella Stories in NCAA Tournament History

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March Madness 2012: 11 Greatest Cinderella Stories in NCAA Tournament History
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Everyone loves a March Madness Cinderella.

Even though these teams probably destroyed your bracket, you couldn't help but hope they would keep winning. America loves the darlings, and college basketball provides one nearly every single year.

There are tons and tons of teams that could count as Cinderellas so I made a few criteria to limit the teams:

1. A small conference school (no ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC), unless it was a double-digit Final Four team.

2. At least made it to the Elite Eight. Every year, there are double-digit seeds in the Sweet Sixteen, but those teams aren't quite Cinderellas.

3. After 1985. Villanova is the poster child for Cinderellas after its incredible upset of Georgetown in the 1985 National Championship (the first year the tournament was 64 teams). I'm only including teams that came after those Wildcats.

 

There have been some great tournament runs by underrated teams. They have busted your brackets and still gotten you to cheer for them. Here is my list for the 11 greatest Cinderella stories in NCAA Tournament history, with the tournament's current structure.

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