Cinderella usually arrives to the ball in similar fashion.
In 2013, Wichita State was your typical Cinderella that had been knocking on the door for a few years and finally went on a run. Florida Gulf Coast, on the other hand, came out of nowhere.
A little luck of the draw typically helps these runs take place, but it's impossible to know what draw teams will get in June. So what we look for is a team that has had some established success—Wichita State would have fit the bill—and does something abnormally well.
For the Shockers, they were dominant on the boards. For the Eagles, they shot really well inside the arc, played fast and turned opponents over.
These five teams all should have a good chance to make the tourney next year and share some characteristics with Cinderellas of years past.
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