5 Mid-Majors Capable of a Surprise Sweet 16 Run

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5 Mid-Majors Capable of a Surprise Sweet 16 Run
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One of the most captivating parts of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is the so-called Cinderella runs of mid-majors into the second weekend of the tournament. 

During last year's edition of the tournament, the Ohio Bobcats stole the show by defeating Michigan and South Florida in their first two games to earn a highly-publicized matchup with North Carolina. 

The Bobcats eventually lost to North Carolina in the Sweet 16, but they were just the most recent example of a mid-major taking the nation by storm in March. 

We have all gotten accustomed to seeing perennial mid-major powers like Gonzaga, Butler and Creighton make deep runs in March every season and that for that reason, those three teams will not be included on this list.

Other teams that are excluded from this list are the three Mountain West powerhouse programs—UNLV, New Mexico and San Diego State—that have received plenty of national attention in the past few years. 

As for the teams that are on the list, some are teams that have made the tournament before and have failed to pull off an upset and some are programs on the rise that could come out of complete obscurity to shock the nation this March.

Here are the five teams that are best suited to make a surprise Sweet 16 run this March. 

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