Few things more embody the spirit of March Madness than trying to find this year's Cinderella.
To make sure we’re looking for her in the right place, here are the four criteria used to identify the Cinderella candidates, and a potential team eliminated by each one.
1) Cannot be from a BCS conference or the Atlantic-10. Sorry, Saint Louis.
2) Cannot have been ranked in the AP Top 25 at any point this season. Sorry, Wyoming.
3) Cannot have won a tournament game in the past five seasons. Sorry, Saint Mary’s.
4) Cannot be better than a No. 10 seed in the latest projected bracket. Sorry, Colorado State.
After applying those precedents and weeding out the teams that don’t belong, 15 teams remain which could potentially fit into that glass slipper. Let’s first take a look at those who missed the top 10, then build up to the best looking Cinderella this week.