Sharing Slippers: The 98 Greatest Cinderellas of the Last 20 Years

Yaneek SmithContributor IIIApril 8, 2011

Sharing Slippers: The 98 Greatest Cinderellas of the Last 20 Years

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    With Butler and Virginia Commonwealth having advanced to this year's Final Four, I figure now would be a good time to recount the great Cinderella runs we've seen over the past 20 years.

    These teams are the 14- and 15-seeds that have surprised the nation, the 12-seeds that have advanced to the Sweet 16, and, of course, the mid-majors that have made it to the Final Four.

    But how does one determine whether or not a team is truly a Cinderella?

    If a team advances to the Final Four like George Mason did in 2006, or to the Championship Game like Butler did this year and in 2010, can they really be considered a Cinderella?

    I believe they can.

    In 2000, Florida, just like Butler, advanced to the Championship Game as a No 5 seed. So are they a Cinderella? 

    I would say no, because, much of being a Cinderella is coming from a smaller, lesser-known school. It is about being one of the first teams from your program to leave its imprint on the NCAA Tournament. 

    At Florida, they had a team that advanced to the Final Four in 1994—Butler did not have any recent history comparable to that.

    That's not to say that a school from one of the BCS Conferences can't be a Cinderella. 

    Aren't North Carolina and Wisconsin's respective runs to the Final Four as No. 8 seeds in 2000 worthy or this kind of distinction?

    Absolutely.

    But, for a school from one of the major conferences to be on this list, it will have to have accomplished quite a bit. The sixth-place team from the Big 12 winning a game or two as a No. 12 seed doesn't have the same aura and mystique associated with it as does a No. 12 seed from the Missouri Valley Conference or the Mid-American Conference winning a few games in the tournament.

    Enjoy the countdown....

No. 98: The 2007 Virginia Commonwealth Rams

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    Year: 2007

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Duke, 79-77; lost to (3) Pittsburgh, 84-79 (OT)

No. 97: The 2005 UAB Blazers

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    Year: 2005

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) LSU, 82-68; lost to (3) Arizona, 85-63

No. 96: The 2006 Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers

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    Year: 2006

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Oklahoma, 82-74; lost to (3) Florida, 82-60

No. 95: The 2010 Old Dominion Monarchs

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    Year: 2010

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Notre Dame, 51-50; lost to (3) Baylor, 76-68

No. 94: The 2009 Dayton Flyers

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    Year: 2009

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) West Virginia, 68-60; lost to (3) Kansas, 60-43

No. 93: The 2007 Winthrop Eagles

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    Year: 2007

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Notre Dame, 74-64; lost to (3) Oregon, 75-61

No. 92: The 2002 Wyoming Cowboys

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    Year: 2002

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Gonzaga, 73-66; lost to (3) Arizona, 68-60

No. 91: The 2001 Georgia State Panthers

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    Year: 2001

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Wisconsin, 50-49; lost to (3) Maryland, 79-60

No. 90: The 1998 Western Michigan Broncos

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    Year: 1998

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Clemson, 75-72; lost to (3) Standford, 83-65

No. 89: The 2003 Central Michigan Chippewas

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    Year: 2003

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Creighton, 79-73; lost to (3) Duke, 86-60

No. 88: The 1994 Pennsylvania Quakers

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    Year: 1994

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Nebraska, 90-80; lost to (3) Florida, 70-58

No. 87: The 1993 Tulane Green Wave

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    Year: 1993

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Kansas State, 55-53; lost to (3) Florida State, 94-63

No. 86: The 1991 Creighton Blue Jays

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    Year: 1991

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) New Mexico State, 64-56; lost to (3) Seton Hall, 81-69

No. 85: The 2000 Pepperdine Waves

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    Year: 2000

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (6) Indiana, 77-57; lost to (3) Oklahoma State, 75-67

No. 84: The 1997 College of Charleston Cougars

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    Year: 1997

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Maryland, 75-66; lost to (4) Arizona, 73-69

No. 83: The 2004 Manhattan Jaspers

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    Year: 2004

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Florida, 75-60; lost to (4) Wake Forest, 84-80

No. 82: The 2009 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Year: 2009

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Illinois, 76-72; lost to (4) Gonzaga, 83-81

No. 81: The 1996 Drexel Dragons

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    Year: 1996

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Memphis, 75-63; lost to (4) Syracuse, 69-58

No. 80: The 1995 Miami (Ohio) Redskins

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    Year: 1995

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Arizona, 71-62; lost to (4) Virginia, 60-54 (OT)

No. 79: The 2006 Montana Grizzlies

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    Year: 2006

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Nevada, 87-79; lost to (4) Boston College, 69-56

No. 78: The 2004 Pacific Tigers

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    Year: 2004

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Providence, 66-58; lost to (4) Kansas, 78-63


No. 77: The 2002 Creighton Blue Jays

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    Year: 2002

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Florida, 83-82 (2 OT); lost to (4) Illinois, 72-60


No. 76: The 1999 Detroit Titans

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    Year: 1999

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) UCLA, 56-53; lost to (4) Ohio State, 75-44


No. 75: The 1994 Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix

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    Year: 1994

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) California, 61-57; lost to (4) Syracuse, 64-59


No. 74: The 2001 Utah State Aggies

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    Year: 2001

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Ohio State, 77-68 (OT); lost to (4) UCLA, 75-50


No. 73: The 1995 Manhattan Jaspers

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    Year: 1995

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Oklahoma, 77-67; lost to (5) Arizona State, 64-54


No. 72: The 2008 Siena Saints

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    Year: 2008

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Vanderbilt, 83-62; lost to (12) Villanova, 84-72


No. 71: The 2010 Murray State Racers

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    Year: 2010

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Vanderbilt, 66-65; lost to (5) Butler, 54-52


No. 70: The 2002 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Year: 2002

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Marquette, 71-69; lost to (4) Kentucky, 87-82


No. 69: The 2003 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Year: 2003

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Dayton, 84-71; lost to (5) Wisconsin, 61-60


No. 68: The 2011 Morehead State Eagles

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    Year: 2011

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Louisville, 62-61; lost to (12) Richmond, 65-48


No. 67: The 2001 Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Year: 2001

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Indiana, 77-73; lost to (5) Cincinnati, 66-43


No. 66: The 2001 Indiana State Sycamores

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    Year: 2001

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Oklahoma, 70-68 (OT); lost to (12) Gonzaga, 85-68


No. 65: The 2009 Cleveland State Vikings

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    Year: 2009

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Wake Forest, 84-69; lost to (12) Arizona, 71-57


No. 64: The 2008 San Diego Toreros

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    Year: 2008

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Connecticut, 70-69 (OT); lost to (12) Western Kentucky, 72-63


No. 63: The 2002 UNC-Wilmington Seahawks

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    Year: 2002

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Southern Cal, 93-89 (OT); lost to (4) Indiana, 76-67


No. 62: The 2005 Vermont Catamounts

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    Year: 2005

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Syracuse, 70-67 (OT); lost to (5) Michigan State, 72-61


No. 61: The 1991 Penn State Nittany Lions

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    Year: 1991

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) UCLA, 74-69; lost to (12) Eastern Michigan, 71-68 (OT)


No. 60: The 1992 Southwest Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns

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    Year: 1992

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Oklahoma, 87-83; lost to (12) New Mexico State 81-73


No. 59: The 1993 Southern Jaguars

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    Year: 1993

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) Georgia Tech, 93-78; lost to (12) George Washington, 90-80


No. 58: The 1996 Princeton Tigers

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    Year: 1996

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (4) UCLA, 43-41; lost to (5) Mississippi State, 63-41


No. 57: The 1999 Weber State Wildcats

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    Year: 1999

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) North Carolina, 76-74; lost to (6) Florida, 82-74 (OT)


No. 56: The 1998 Richmond Spiders

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    Year: 1998

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) South Carolina, 62-61; lost to (11) Washington, 81-66


No. 55: The 1995 Weber State Wildcats

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    Year: 1995

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) Michigan State, 79-72; lost to (6) Georgetown, 53-51;


No. 54: The the 2005 Bucknell Bison

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    Year: 2005

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) Kansas, 64-63; lost to (6) Wisconsin, 71-62


No. 53: The the 1995 Old Dominion Monarchs

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    Year: 1995

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) Villanova 89-81 (3 OT); lost to (6) Tulsa, 64-52


No. 52: The 1991 Xavier Musketeers

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    Year: 1991

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) Nebraska, 89-84; lost to (11) Connecticut, 66-50


No. 51: The 2010 Ohio University Bobcats

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    Year: 2010

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) Georgetown, 97-83; lost to (6) Tennessee, 83-68


No. 50: The 1992 East Tennessee State Bucs

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    Year: 1992

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) Arizona, 87-80; lost to (6) Michigan, 102-90


No. 49: The 2006 Northwestern State Demons

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    Year: 2006

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (3) Iowa, 64-63; lost to (6) West Virginia, 67-54


No. 48: The 1993 Santa Clara Broncos

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    Year: 1993

    Seed: 15

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (2) Arizona, 64-61; lost to (7) Temple 68-57


No. 47: The 1991 Richmond Spiders

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    Year: 1991

    Seed: 15

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (2) Syracuse, 73-69; lost to (10) Temple, 77-64

No. 46: The 1997 Coppin State Eagles

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    Year: 1997

    Seed: 15

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (2) South Carolina, 78-65; lost to (10) Texas, 82-81

No. 45: The 2001 Hampton Pirates

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    Year: 2001

    Seed: 15

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (2) Iowa State, 58-57; lost to (10) Georgetown, 76-57

No. 44: The 2007 UNLV Runnin' Rebels

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    Year: 2007

    Seed: 7

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (10) Georgia Tech, 67-63; defeated (2) Wisconsin, 74-68; lost to (3) Oregon, 76-72

No. 43: The 1993 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Year: 1993

    Seed: 7

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (7) Memphis State, 55-52; defeated (2) Seton Hall, 72-68; lost to (3) Florida State, 81-78 (OT)

No. 42: The 2006 Wichita State Shockers

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    Year: 2006

    Seed: 7

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (10) Seton Hall, 86-66; defeated (2) Tennessee, 80-73; lost to (11) George Mason, 63-55

No. 41: The 1992 UTEP Miners

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    Year: 1992

    Seed: 9

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (8) Evansville, 55-50; defeated (1) Kansas, 66-60; lost to (4) Cincinnati, 69-67

No. 40: The 2004 UAB Blazers

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    Year: 2004

    Seed: 9

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (8) Washington, 102-100; defeated (1) Kentucky, 76-75; lost to (4) Kansas, 100-74

No. 39: The 2010 Northern Iowa Panthers

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    Year: 2010

    Seed: 9

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (8) UNLV, 69-66; defeated (1) Kansas, 69-67; lost to (5) Michigan State, 59-52

No. 38: The 2000 Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Year: 2000

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (7) Louisville, 77-66; defeated (2) St. John's (NY), 82-76; lost to (6) Purdue, 75-66

No. 37: The 2010 Saint Mary's Gaels

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    Year: 2010

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (7) Richmond, 80-71; defeated (2) Villanova, 75-66; lost to (3) Baylor, 72-49

No. 36: The 2004 Nevada Wolfpack

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    Year: 2004

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (7) Michigan State, 72-66; defeated (2) Gonzaga, 91-72; lost to (3) Georgia Tech, 72-67

No. 35: The 1999 Miami (Ohio) Redhawks

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    Year: 1999

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (7) Washington, 59-58; defeated (2) Utah, 66-58; lost to (3) Kentucky, 58-43

No. 34: The 2002 Southern Illinois Salukis

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    Year: 2002

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (6) Texas Tech, 76-68; defeated (3) Georgia, 77-75; lost to (2) Connecticut, 71-59

No. 33: The 2005 Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers

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    Year: 2005

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) Alabama, 83-73; defeated (4) Boston College, 83-75; lost to (1) Illinois, 77-63

No. 32: The 2003 Butler Bulldogs

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    Year: 2005

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) Mississippi State, 47-46; defeated (4) Louisville, 79-71; lost to (1) Oklahoma, 65-54

No. 31: The 2011 Richmond Spiders

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    Year: 2011

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) Vanderbilt, 69-66; defeated (13) Morehead State, 65-48; lost to (1) Kansas, 77-57

No. 30: The 2008 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

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    Year: 2008

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) Drake, 101-99 (OT); defeated (13) San Diego, 72-63; lost to (1) UCLA, 88-78

No. 29: The 1999 Southwest Missouri State Bears

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    Year: 1999

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) Wisconsin, 43-32; defeated (4) Tennessee, 81-51; lost to (1) Duke, 78-61

No. 28: The 2001 Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Year: 2001

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) Virginia, 86-85; defeated (13) Indiana State, 85-68; lost to (1) Michigan State, 77-62

No. 27: The 2010 Cornell Big Red

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    Year: 2010

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) Temple, 78-65; defeated (4) Wisconsin, 87-69; lost to (1) Kentucky, 62-45

No. 26: The 1991 Eastern Michigan Eagles

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    Year: 1991

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The 2nd Round

    Results: Defeated (5) Mississippi State, 76-56; defeated (13) Penn State, 71-68 (OT); lost to (1) North Carolina, 93-67

No. 25: The 1992 New Mexico State Aggies

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    Year: 1992

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) DePaul, 81-73; defeated (13) Southwest Louisiana, 81-73; lost to (1) UCLA, 85-78

No. 24: The 2006 Bradley Braves

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    Year: 2006

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (4) Kansas, 77-73; defeated (5) Pittsburgh, 72-66; lost to (1) Memphis, 80-64

No. 23: The 1998 Valparaiso Crusaders

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    Year: 1998

    Seed: 13

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (4) Mississippi, 70-69; defeated (12) Florida State, 83-77; lost to (8) Rhode Island, 74-68

No. 22: The 1994 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Year: 1994

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) UCLA, 112-102; defeated (4) Oklahoma State, 82-80; lost to (1) Arkansas, 103-84

No. 21: The 1993 George Washington Colonials

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    Year: 1993

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (5) New Mexico, 82-68; defeated (13) Southern, 90-80; lost to (1) Michigan, 72-64

No. 20: The 1997 Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs

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    Year: 1997

    Seed: 14

    Advanced to: The Sweet 16

    Results: Defeated (3) Georgia, 73-70; defeated (6) Illinois, 75-63; lost to (10) Providence, 71-65

No. 19: The 2004 Xavier Musketeers

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    Year: 2004

    Seed: 7

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (10) Louisville, 80-70; defeated (2) Mississippi State, 89-74; defeated (6) Texas, 79-71; lost to (1) Duke, 66-63

No. 18: The 2000 Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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    Year: 2000

    Seed: 7

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (10) UNLV, 89-62; defeated (2) Cincinnati, 69-61; defeated (6) Miami (Fl) 80-71; lost to (8) North Carolina, 59-55

No. 17: The 1998 Rhode Island Rams

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    Year: 1998

    Seed: 8

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (9) Murray State, 97-74; defeated (1) Kansas, 80-75; defeated (13) Valparaiso, 74-68; lost to (3) Stanford, 79-77

No. 16: The 1993 Temple Owls

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    Year: 1993

    Seed: 7

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (10) Missouri, 75-61; defeated (15) Santa Clara, 68-57; defeated (3) Vanderbilt, 67-59; lost to (1) Michigan, 77-72

No. 15: The 1992 Memphis State Tigers

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    Year: 1992

    Seed: 6

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (11) Pepperdine, 80-70; defeated (3) Arkansas, 82-80; defeated (7) Georgia Tech, 83-79 (OT); lost to (4) Cincinnati, 88-57

No. 14: The 1997 Providence Friars

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    Year: 1997

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (7) Marquette, 81-59; defeated (2) Duke, 98-87; defeated (14) Tennessee-Chattanooga, 71-65; lost to (4) Arizona, 96-92 (OT)

No. 13: The 1999 Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Year: 1999

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (7) Minnesota, 75-63; defeated (2) Stanford, 82-74; defeated (6) Florida, 73-72; lost to (1) Connecticut, 67-62

No. 12: The 2002 Kent State Golden Flashes

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    Year: 2002

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (7) Oklahoma State, 69-61; defeated (2) Alabama, 71-58; defeated (3) Pittsburgh, 78-73 (OT); lost to (5) Indiana, 81-69

No. 11: The 1991 Temple Owls

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    Year: 1991

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (7) Purdue, 80-63; defeated (15) Richmond, 77-64; defeated (3) Oklahoma State, 72-63; lost to (1) North Carolina, 75-72

No. 10: The 2008 Davidson Wildcats

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    Year: 2008

    Seed: 10

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (7) Gonzaga, 82-76; defeated (2) Georgetown, 74-70; defeated (3) Wisconsin, 73-56; lost to (1) Kansas, 59-57

No. 9: The 2001 Temple Owls

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    Year: 2001

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (6) Texas, 79-65; defeated (3) Florida, 75-54; defeated (7) Penn State, 84-72; lost to (1) Michigan State, 69-62

No. 8: The 2002 Missouri Tigers

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    Year: 2002

    Seed: 12

    Advanced to: The Elite 8

    Results: Defeated (5) Miami (Fl), 93-80; defeated (4) Ohio State, 83-67; defeated (8) UCLA, 82-73; lost to (2) Oklahoma, 81-75

No. 7: The 2000 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Year: 2000

    Seed: 8

    Advanced to: The Final 4

    Results: Defeated (9) Missouri, 84-70; defeated (1) Stanford, 60-53; defeated (4) Tennessee, 74-69; defeated (7) Tulsa 59-55; lost to (5) Florida, 71-59

No. 6: The 2000 Wisconsin Badgers

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    Year: 2000

    Seed: 8

    Advanced to: The Final 4

    Results: Defeated (9) Fresno State, 66-56; defeated (1) Arizona, 66-59; defeated (4) LSU, 61-48; defeated (6) Purdue, 64-60; lost to (1) Michigan State, 53-41

No. 5: The 2006 George Mason Patriots

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    Year: 2006

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The Final 4

    Results: Defeated (6) Michigan State, 75-65; defeated (3) North Carolina, 65-60; defeated (7) Wichita State, 63-55; defeated (1) Connecticut, 86-84 (OT); lost to (3) Florida, 73-58

No. 4: The 2011 Virginia Commonwealth Rams

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    Year: 2011

    Seed: 11

    Advanced to: The Final 4

    Results: Defeated (11) Southern Cal, 59-46; defeated (6) Georgetown, 74-56; defeated (3) Purdue, 94-76; defeated (10) Florida State, 72-71 (OT); defeated (1) Kansas, 71-61; lost to (8) Butler, 70-62

No. 3: The 1991 Michigan Wolverines

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    Year: 1992

    Seed: 6

    Advanced to: The Title Game

    Results: Defeated (11) Temple, 73-66; defeated (14) East Tennessee State, 102-90; defeated (2) Oklahoma State, 75-72; defeated (1) Ohio State, 75-71; defeated (4) Cincinnati, 76-72; lost to (1) Duke, 71-51

No. 2: The 2010 Butler Bulldogs

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    Year: 2010

    Seed: 5

    Advanced to: The Title Game

    Results: Defeated (12) UTEP, 77-59; defeated (13) Murray State, 54-52; defeated (1) Syracuse, 63-59; defeated (2) Kansas State, 63-56; defeated (5) Michigan State, 52-50; lost to (1) Duke, 61-59

No. 1: The 2011 Butler Bulldogs

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    Year: 2011

    Seed: 8

    Advanced to: The Title Game

    Results: Defeated (9) Old Dominion, 60-58; defeated (1) Pittsburgh, 71-70; defeated Wisconsin, 61-54; defeated (2) Florida, 74-71; defeated (11) Virginia Commonwealth, 70-62; lost to (3) Connecticut, 53-41