NCAA Tournament 2010: Cinderella Ending?

Nick WelchContributor IMarch 22, 2010

The upsets keep on coming as teams reach the sweet sixteen. I will take a look at and analyze four teams that have had major upsets and may possibly have a Cinderell ending to the tournament.

University of Ohio

Number 14 Ohio stunned the world when they beat number 3 Georgetown in a first round game. This game was never really close as Ohio was up by 12 at halftime. Georgetown was an elite eight favorite in many peoples bracket after making it to the Big East championship. Armon Bassett killed the Hoyas with 32 points and shooting 5-10 from behind the arc. Ohio did an outstanding job on star Georgetown guard Austin Freeman by holding him to 9 points. The Bobcats bigs also excellent by containing Greg Monroe, who I thought was going to eat up the less talented Ohio front court. Unfortunately Ohio lost their next game, ending their dreams.


11 seed Washington has had two upsets this tournament by beating number 6 Marquette and crushing number 3 New Mexico. Washington is a team considered to have under achieved in the regular season granting them an 11 seed but both these games were very big wins for the Huskies. Marquette is a very disciplined team who came out of a talented Big East conference and New Mexico is a very all around good team. Washington is led by explosive offensive players Isaiah Thomas and Quincy Pondexter. Thomas and Pondexter have scored a combined 70 points of Washington's 162 points in those two games.

Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa might be the best Cinderella story in the NCAA tournament this year. This 9 seed beat UNLV in the first round by 3. No big deal. They then went on to beat number 1 overall seed Kansas. Huge deal. This second round game busted everyones bracket and i mean EVERYONES. Ali Farokhmanesh has been the Panthers star player, hitting the biggest shot of his life against Kansas to seal the win. Farokhmanesh only averaged 9.7 points a game in the regular season but is averaging a staggering 16.5 in the tournament. 


Cornell is right behind UNI for best Cinderella story. Although Cornell was ranked for some of the year they only drew a 12 seed in the tournament. Cornell has been putting up major points this tournament averaging 82.5. Cornell cruised past 4th seeded Wisconsin in a second round game. Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman scored 50 of their 87 for Cornell against Wisconsin in a 18 point win.