Everyone loves a Cinderella story during March Madness, but how does one go about determining the best candidates to wear the glass slipper?
Based on common traits among previous Cinderella teams, there were six criteria considered in selecting these 10 teams. Each team must have:
- At least 6.5 steals per game
- At least one player averaging 3.5 or more assists per game
- At least one player averaging 2.0 or more made three-pointers per game and shooting at least 35.0 percent from behind the arc
- At least three nonconference games against the RPI Top 75
- Must currently have an overall record of .500 or better
- Must be from a non-major conference
On that last bullet, please note that even though a deep run by Fordham or DePaul is about as unlikely as anything that will actually happen in the 2014 NCAA tournament, all teams from the 10 "major" conferences have been excluded from consideration.
Those conferences are the AAC, ACC, Atlantic-10, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC and West Coast. Wichita State was also removed from the field of candidates, but other teams from the Missouri Valley were welcome to throw their hat into the ring.
Let's take a look at a few total long shots before working our way up to the handful of teams that no team wants to draw on Selection Sunday.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics on the following slides are courtesy of ESPN.com or KenPom.com and are current through the start of play on Tuesday, February 18.