March Madness 2011: Which Cinderellas Have What It Takes to Keep Dancing?

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March Madness 2011: Which Cinderellas Have What It Takes to Keep Dancing?
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Despite the fact that there are no shortage of story lines to go around in the NCAA Tournament, it always seems that some of the most entertaining developments come from the teams no one thought very highly of before the big dance kicked off.

It's certainly hard to pinpoint the exact reason why cinderella teams always seems to permeate the nation's consciousness at this time of the year.

Maybe it's because these teams are the reason why most people have already given up on their bracket, or it could just be America's obsession with the underdog.

Whatever it is about these teams who have seemingly come out of nowhere to be major players in late March, it's definitely become clear that they need to be taken seriously not just because they're great stories, but also because they're legitimate players to continue their success in the tournament.

If Butler's amazing run last season taught us only one thing, it's that well coached smaller schools can hang with the big boys and shouldn't be overlooked, regardless of what round it happens to be in the tournament.

Butler, Marquette, Richmond, VCU, and Florida State have all taken very different paths to the Sweet 16, but the one thing they all have in common is that most people never saw them making it this far in the tournament.

The question now becomes, which of these teams has what it takes to keep dancing?

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