With financial titan Warren Buffett set to pony up a cool billion dollars for a perfect set of NCAA tournament picks, March Madness just got real. The incentive for bracket trackers to get out ahead of the game in regards to picking sleepers has never been greater.
We've all cursed that double-digit seed that rose up and demolished one of our potential Final Four participants (personal experience: Norfolk State over Missouri, 2012). On the flip side, we've all had that Sweet 16 Cinderella pick that actually came to fruition (like, say, Richmond 2011).
Upsets seem to be happening more frequently, and getting out in front of the next trend is difficult. The following eight teams—presented alphabetically—have some of the characteristics bracket-watchers look for in their Cinderella selections. The lone prerequisite is an average seed of No. 9 or greater on BracketMatrix.com.
Some teams are better equipped to pull off a miracle, and these squads—provided they make the field, naturally—could turn into sexy selections or maddening anomalies that will decide your office pool.
Stats, rankings and BM seedings accurate through games of March 10. All KenPom.com links should be assumed to require subscription.