10 Mid-Major Stars Ready to Make Their Teams This Year's Cinderella

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10 Mid-Major Stars Ready to Make Their Teams This Year's Cinderella
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Corey Walden hopes to lead his Eastern Kentucky team to a surprise NCAA tournament run.

In the classic fairy tale Cinderella, the prince was able to determine which mystery woman had stolen his heart by finding the foot that fit a glass slipper left behind at the castle.

The NCAA tournament has adapted that story into a basketball-friendly version, with one significant change: There's no cap on the number of Cinderellas allowed.

Each year at least one lesser-known team from the expansive "mid-major" portion of Division I steps out of the shadows and becomes America's darling, knocking off a big-time foe (often more than one) en route to newfound fame, glory and adoration.

And those Cinderellas are usually piloted by a standout player, someone who to this point was only considered a stud by his teammates, coaches and the other teams in his off-the-radar conference.

That is, until it's their team on the dance floor.

(NOTE: All stats through games of Sunday, March 9)

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