Perhaps the biggest reason that March Madness captivates the nation for an entire month is the appeal of the Cinderella teams.
After all, squads like Boise State can only inspire college football fans so much by winning Fiesta and Las Vegas Bowls. However, had Gordon Hayward’s half-court heave been six inches to the side at the buzzer, Butler would have beaten Duke and spearheaded countless driveway recreations.
So, which mid-major teams are primed for Cinderella runs this time around?
While they should be competitive as always, I am going to disqualify Butler, Gonzaga and VCU from my list, simply because we have seen them do it plenty of times. While still entertaining, it’s not quite as magical to watch the same mid-majors again and again.
Read on to see five non-power teams that could be playing late into March in the 2012-13 season.