In just a few weeks, a thousand experts will come to a million different conclusions on who is most likely to become this year's VCU and why. With a little over a month left to be played, here's how those potential Cinderellas rank.
The criteria used to determine the Cinderella candidates:
1) Cannot be from a power conference or the Atlantic-10.
2) Cannot have been ranked at any point this season.
3) Cannot have won a tournament game in the past five seasons.
4) Must be no better than a No. 10 seed in my latest projected bracket. (This excludes No. 7 Belmont and No. 7 Colorado State from Cinderella potential.)
You'd be surprised how many teams that didn't eliminate from contention, but it does get us down to a list of real sleepers. No Gonzagas or Butlers on this list; the team coming in at No. 10 should make that abundantly clear.