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2014 NCAA Tournament: 5 Reasons Why Stanford Will Be 2014’s Cinderella Story

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2014 NCAA Tournament: 5 Reasons Why Stanford Will be 2014’s Cinderella Story

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The Stanford Cardinal surprised everyone beating No. 2 seed Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16. The Cardinal were lucky to make the 2014 NCAA Tournament, let alone make it this far. Stanford is the ultimate underdog the casual fan should root for; here are five reasons that Stanford is 2014's Cinderella Team.

5. PAC-12 Schedule

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5. PAC-12 Schedule

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The PAC-12 got some love from the NCAA Selection Committee, but in reality, aside from Arizona, the league as a whole beat no one in non-conference play. Stanford only won one game against a decent PAC-12 team before coming to the tournament, which makes their Sweet 16 surge even more surprising.

4. Early Season Win Against Connecticut

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4. Early Season Win Against Connecticut

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With a non-conference win against fellow Sweet 16 members UConn, Stanford is more than ready to step up and continue winning.

3. Close Losses

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3. Close Losses

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Stanford lost to the Michigan Wolverines by three and the Arizona Wildcats by three. With two close losses to fellow Sweet 16 teams, the Final Four isn’t actually that far away for a team that is familiar with most opposition.

2. It's Stanford

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2. It's Stanford

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If you had said that Stanford was going to be one of the final 16 teams in the 2014 NCAA Tournament at the beginning of the year, you would’ve been crazy.

1. They Beat Kansas

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1. They Beat Kansas

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One key to being a Cinderella team is that you have to beat a consistent college basketball power. Beating Bill Self and Kansas is just that type of win.