Every year there’s a few teams that shock the nation after beating highly ranked teams in the NCAA Tournament. Although the Kentucky Wildcats are the heavy favorite to win it all, there’s still plenty of Cinderellas waiting for their chance in the Big Dance.
Last year’s National Championship game between the UConn Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats featured the two lowest seeded teams to ever play for College Basketball’s ultimate prize.
This year the Wildcats are back and are about the furthest thing from an underdog in the history of the sport so who could fill Cinderella’s glass slipper this year?
Since the tournament expanded to 68 teams in 2011, one of the teams playing in the opening round in Dayton has upset their next opponent. This year it’s either the Ole Miss Rebels over Xavier or the Dayton Flyers over the Providence Friars.
The South portion of this year’s bracket also features some great chances for David to defeat Goliath. The Stephen F. Austin Lumber Jacks have only lost one game since the end of November and could not only win their opening game against Utah, but could end up facing another Cinderella in the Round 2. That would be the Eastern Washington Eagles who draw a Georgetown Hoyas team who has been very susceptible to the upset in recent years and could follow that trend again this year.
Then there’s the Buffalo Bulls led by former Duke standout, Bobby Hurley. The Bulls won the Mid American Conference this year, but will have to make it past the West Virginia Mountaineers to to make their first NCAA Tournament appearance.
But my favorite pick for Cinderella this year is the Davidson Wildcats, who could make it past Iowa, Gonzaga, and even upset their way to the Elite Eight.
The first games tip off Thursday at noon. You can watch the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Northeastern Huskies on WTRF CBS and there’s a full slate of games after that.