It’s that time of year again in the world of college basketball: March Madness. This is the NBA Playoffs for all of the college basketball world. Everyone, including President Obama, is creating their NCAA Tournament brackets. Some of those people’s bracket will be right and decide the National Champion. Other brackets will be ripped up by the end of the 1st Round. We’ll be flipping back and forth through various channels watching to see if our chosen teams win to increase the chances of a perfect bracket.
This time of year, there is a clear cut favorite of which team will be cutting down the nets off of the rim in early April. But, this year there isn’t a clear cut favorite for the National title. Teams that most experts weren’t looking at starting at the beginning came out of nowhere, and had the best seasons in their school’s history in years. Usually around the time of the NCAA Tournament, there are the “Cinderella Teams.” These are the teams that nobody expected to go far in the tournament, who make a deep run or even go on to win the NCAA Championship. But, the Cinderella teams have come out during the regular season. And, these teams can make a deep run in the tournament or even win it all this season.
Here are three teams that can be ultimate Cinderella stories in this year’s NCAA Tournament:
The Wildcats has been one of the biggest surprises in college basketball. They enter the NCAA Tournament as the #2 seed in the South Region. Head coach Jay Wright has guided this team to its best season in years. They were 1st in the Big East in points allowed, and ranked 4th in the conference in points overall. They also have a pretty good core in Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins. They can make a strong run in the tournament and maybe win their first National Championship since 1985.
Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies are back in the big dance for the 1st time since 2011. They enter the NCAA Tournament as the #6 seed in the West Region. Head coach Bill Kennedy is putting his stamp on this team and he is finally seeing the payoff. They were #1 in the SEC in points allowed and 5th in their conference in points scored. The Aggies have a great guard duo in Jalen Jones and Danuel House, who both average 15 points per game. The Aggies can definitely make some noise in this tournament and may even get to the Final Four.
Xavier has been flying under the radar all season. They are the #2 seed in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. Musketeers head coach Chris Mack deserves credit for guiding this team to the big dance in five of the last six years. But, this NCAA Tournament could be the breakout postseason for the Musketeers. They were 4th in the Big East in points allowed and #1 in points scored. They also have pretty good guards in Trevon Bluiett, Edmond Sumner and Myles Davis, who average 15 and 11 points per game this season. This team may make a deep run in the tournament and may have a shot at their first Final Four appearance in school history or delivering the first time in school history.