8 Potential NCAA March Madness Cinderella Teams To Watch Out For

March Madness is one of the most exciting sports tournaments. This is not just because of the spectacular displays of athleticism and bracket-busting, but also because of the Cinderella teams. And who doesn’t love a good fairy tale?

As defined by the NCAA, a Cinderella is a team that makes a further tournament run than expected. These teams are usually lower-seeding underdogs who best higher seeds or tournament favorites. Think of the princess whose sisters doubted her, labeled the runt of the litter. But, by the end of the story, was the catch of the ball. Well, at least until the clock struck midnight.

Recent March Madness Cinderellas include the 15-seeded men’s 2023 Saint Peters squad, who advanced to the Elite Eight, and the 11-seeded women’s 2011 Gonzaga squad, who also made it to the Elite Eight.

This year’s March Madness is already becoming one of the most exciting bouts in history. Both men’s and women’s teams are teeming with storylines and a gang of superstars: Caitlin Clark has been on a record-breaking tear during her last year at Iowa; South Carolina ended the regular season undefeated — again; the men’s UConn team is looking to become the first back-to-back champions since 2007. Ultimately, there are countless possibilities of who will go on the coveted Cinderella run.

Unfortunately, we had to exclude some fan-favorite squads like Indiana State (shoutout Cream Abdul-Jabbar, IYKYK) and Pittsburgh, as the committee ultimately left them out of this year’s March Madness tourney. Maybe next year.

So, without further ado, VIBE runs down the eight potential Cinderella teams headed into March Madness. You can stream all the March Madness games live online with a free trial to DirecTV Stream here.