NCAA Tournament: Which Cinderella Team Can Dance the Longest?
The NCAA tournament has reached the Sweet 16 stage, and many people have been forced to watch their brackets bust. I made so many wrong picks that the NCAA is trying to ban me from participating in filling out a bracket in the 2012 NCAA tournament, but Ohio State is trying to just give me a first-round suspension.
Thankfully, Tennessee is busy with another person so they are not piping in regarding my faulty bracket.
But with only 16 teams remaining, four of them are a No. 10 seed or higher, including three who remain alive in the Southwest region of the bracket.
No. 1 seed Kansas will take on No. 12 seed Richmond, and the winner of that game will then face the winner of the No. 11 seed VCU and No. 10 seed Florida State. One of these teams will advance to the Final Four in Houston.
It will be the Jayhawks, of course, but could one of the other teams possibly pull off the upset?
The Richmond Spiders are a very good team. I actually had them reaching this point. It was VCU and Florida State who ended my hopes of winning anything. But the Rams have also been playing very well, and the Seminoles are getting the job done with very little out of Chris Singleton.
The bottom line is that any one of those schools do have somewhat of a chance against Kansas. After watching how this tournament has gone so far, nothing would surprise me.
The other double-digit seed is the No. 11 seed Marquette Golden Eagles, who will face No. 2 seed North Carolina in the East region bracket.
The Tar Heels can score as many points as any team in the tournament, but the Golden Eagles are playing their best ball of the season. If they can continue to slow down their opposition, they could certainly get past a young and inexperienced Carolina squad.
The other Cinderella story comes from the Southeast region, where the familiar underdog No. 8 seed Butler Bulldogs continue their run through the tournament. After knocking off No. 1 seed Pittsburgh, the defending national runners-up will take on No. 4 seed Wisconsin.
Butler will be the more experienced team in this game, much to the surprise of the casual fan.
Aside from that, you have the teams who many people expected to still be dancing. No. 1 seeds Duke and Ohio State are looking good, and the West and Southeast regions will feature a pair of No. 2 vs. No. 3 seed matchups.
With that being said, which Cinderella team has the best shot to win at least one more game?
We know that at least one double-digit seed will advance to the Elite Eight when the Rams and 'Noles meet. Could they be facing the Spiders following an upset of the Jayhawks?
It may sound unlikely, but the team with the best chance to shock Kansas would be Florida State. Yet as odd as that sounds, they may not get past VCU.
As for the other remaining double-digit seed, I actually see Marquette knocking off North Carolina. Buzz Williams has his Golden Eagles looking nearly unstoppable.
Even though Butler is not a huge Cinderella story, I like them to defeat Wisconsin, but then fall to No. 2 seed Florida, which I still have knocking off No. 3 seed BYU en route to the Final Four.
It has been a crazy tournament, and Cinderella is still dancing. But the question for four or five schools remains, for how long?
Make sure to check out Bleacher Report's March Madness 2011 page for the latest in the NCAA Tournament.
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