The Cinderella stories are what differentiate the NCAA tournament from most of the other major sporting events over the course of the year.
With brackets already busted, fans gravitate toward pulling for the underdog against the traditional power, pulling for the small school with the weird name, Gonzaga, from Washington state, or pull for little-known Butler in a David vs. Goliath national title showdown with Duke.
There have been some memorable runs from improbable teams throughout the history of the NCAA tournament. From Jim Valvano’s N.C. State team in 1983 to Villanova in 1985 to Kansas in 1988, there have been a few teams that rode the magic all the way to national titles.
This year, with such a wide open field, might another improbable run from an unlikely source captivate the nation?
Here are the 10 greatest Cinderella stories in NCAA tournament history.