Fans adore March Madness for the thrill of upsets and Cinderella stories. This year, schools like Stetson, Saint Peter’s, Long Beach State, Colgate, Charleston, Vermont, Yale, McNeese State, and Duquesne stand out as potential underdogs with compelling storylines.

The Big Picture

The NCAA tournament's unpredictability and potential for underdog triumphs captivate audiences and create memorable narratives.

By the Numbers
  • UMBC and Fairleigh Dickinson upset top teams as 16-seeds in the last five tournaments.
  • Stetson won the ASUN with a modest $2.1 million basketball budget.
  • Saint Peter’s, Long Beach State, Colgate, Charleston, Vermont, Yale, McNeese State, and Duquesne all bring unique stories to this year's tournament.
State of Play
  • Stetson debuts as a potential Cinderella with a low budget.
  • Saint Peter’s and Long Beach State return with previous upsets, adding to their underdog status.
  • Colgate faces off against Baylor in a massive arena despite its own small court size.
What's Next

As March Madness unfolds, the spotlight will be on these underdog teams and their potential to create captivating Cinderella stories that define the tournament.

Bottom Line

Underdogs in the NCAA tournament bring excitement and unpredictability, showcasing the essence of sports and the thrill of rooting for unexpected victors.