2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

In under a week, millions of people will be filling out their March Madness brackets and if you are looking for a few Cinderella to pick here are four that need to be on your radar.

2020 March Madness Cinderella Teams

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (27-4 SU, 15-13 ATS)

Haven’t heard of East Tennessee? That’s okay, you could come to know the Buccaneers very well once March Madness gets underway. East Tennessee State is 27-4 heading into the Southern Conference semifinals. The Buccaneers have won nine straight at the time of this writing and the Buccaneers rank a fantastic 28th in points allowed (63.1) and equally impressive 51st in scoring (75.9 ppg).

What They Do Well

East Tennessee State gave top-ranked Kansas all they could handle before fading late and they took out LSU by 11 points in their only two games against teams from a major conference. The Buccaneers have three double-digit scorers on their roster and they can play at any pace.

What They Don’t Do Well

Shooting free throws is about the only thing ETSU doesn’t do well as they make just 68.8 percent of their collective shots from the charity stripe (250th).

Stephen F. Austin (28-3 SU, 17-10-1 ATS)

The Lumberjacks got on the national map following their stunning 85-83 road win over Duke in their fifth game of the season, but Stephen F. Austin is definitely more than a team that just got ‘lucky’ against the Blue Devils.

What They Do Well

The Lumberjacks force almost 21 turnovers per game to lead the nation in that category. Stephen F. Austin also averages a stellar 80.6 points per game while shooting a blistering 49.1 percent from the field to rank eighth nationally in both categories. The Lumberjacks have won 15 straight at the tie of this writing so they’ll hit March Madness with a ton of momentum.

What They Don’t Do Well

The Lumberjacks also commit a whopping 17 turnovers per game and they don’t shoot it well from the free-throw line by making a collective 69.1 percent from the foul line (240th).

BYU Cougars (24-7 SU, 19-11 ATS)

No. 2 Gonzaga might be the cream of the crop in the West Coast Conference, but BYU looks capable of pulling off at least one or two upsets once the national championship tournament gets underway.

What They Do Well

The Cougars can score the ball with almost any team in the country as they put up a stellar 80.6 points per game (10th) on a scorching 50.4 percent shooting mark from the field (3rd) and incendiary 42.4 percent mark from beyond the arc (first). BYU also defends the three-point shot very well in limiting their opponents to 31.1 percent shooting from downtown (73rd). The Cougars gave San Diego State all they could handle in a five-point loss in their second game of the season and the Cougars split with Gonzaga while beating the No. 2 team in the country by 13 points almost two weeks ago.

What They Don’t Do Well

The Cougars might be one of the best shooting teams in the country, but you’d never know it when they go to the free-throw line. BYU makes just 70.4 percent from the charity stripe to rank an uninspiring 196th in that category. The Cougars are also just mediocre when it comes to rebounding the ball as they give up one more board per game than they pull down.

Northern Iowa Panthers (25-6 SU, 19-8-1 ATS)

You might have already heard of the Panthers thanks to their stunning upset of No. 1 Kansas in the second round of the 2010 NCAA March Madness championship tournament.

What They Do Well

Anyway, this season, Northern Iowa has the look of a Cinderella ballclub because they are elite at both ends of the floor in putting up 75.8 points per game (57th) while limiting the opposition to just 64.3 points per contest defensively (43rd). The Panthers shoot it very well in making 48.2 percent from the field (12th), 39.6 percent from beyond the arc (5th) and 76.0 percent from the free-throw line (29th).

What They Don’t Do Well

On average, the Panthers commit 2.1 more turnovers than they force and they don’t have much of a shot-blocking presence as they average just two per game. The Panthers also have just two double-digit scorers on their roster and just four players that put up more than 9.0 points per contest, so this is a team lacking quality depth on the bench.