March Madness—a time of year when the sporting community comes together on one common ground, to witness events that are sometimes so great, their indelible mark becomes a part of our eternal memory.
There is really nothing more entertaining, more exhilarating or captivating, than watching a bunch of kids go toe to toe on the courts, usually playing well beyond their normal capacity.
But March Madness is not just about what the players can offer.
It’s an event steeped in storied history, such as Texas Western (now UTEP) with their all-black starting five defeating Kentucky and their all-white starting five in 1966, or North Carolina defeating Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas in 1957—a game that took three overtimes for them to win.
Last year marked the first time in tournament history that all No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 seeds made it to the Sweet 16, and the year before that marked the first time all No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four.
But amidst the milestones—of 2009 particularly—there were several upsets that left many fans in shock and disbelief, upsets to teams that “weren’t supposed to lose"—the same teams that will be looking for a little bit of salvation in 2010.
Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Tournament Teams of 2010 who will be on the hunt for that sweet, sweet taste of redemption.