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Top 10 Most Surprising Final Four Teams in NCAA History

The Final Four is almost upon us and while this year's final doesn't feature any truly low-seeded, unknown school crashing the party, March Madness has seen its fair share of them in the past. The Cin

The Final Four is almost upon us and while this year's final doesn't feature any truly low-seeded, unknown school crashing the party, March Madness has seen its fair share of them in the past. The Cinderella story.

"What an incredible Cinderella story. This unknown comes out of nowhere to lead the pack..."

That may be Carl Spackler talking about Augusta, but it applies here just as well. Everyone loves a Cinderella story. Long after your team has bitten the dust, that one team from Nowhere State filled with guys who are only getting into an NBA arena if they buy a ticket, give you something to cheer for.

They are the underdog.

The underdog is American. The underdog shows you that any bunch of clowns can do anything they damn well want to so long as they work really hard and get really lucky along the way.

There are plenty of underdog stories in the NCAA tournament. Sometimes these dogs win a game or two. Other times they thumb their noses at the Kentuckys and North Carolinas of the world and go all the way to the Final Four!

Take that, The Man!

You are the underdog! You are the Cinderella story! You are America! Now go out and achieve!

Here are the 10 most surprising Final Four teams in modern NCAA tournament history. And not to burst your bubble or anything, but only one of them won a national title.

10 1992 Michigan (No. 6)

9 1986 LSU (No. 11)

8 2011 Butler (No. 8)

7 1984 Virginia (No. 7)

6 1985 Villanova (No. 8)

5 1979 Penn State (No. 9)

4 2000 Wisconsin (No. 8)

3 2013 Wichita State (No. 9)

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2 2011 VCU (No. 11)

1 2006 George Mason (No. 11)

For one college basketball season, everyone knew where George Mason was. Since you’ve now probably forgotten it’s in Fairfax, Virginia. The Patriots won the Colonial Athletic Conference regular season and achieved their first national ranking in 2006. Then they lost in the CAA tournament and just squeaked into the big dance as one of the final at-large teams. They’d win their first three NCAA tournament games by 10, five and eight, showing college basketball they belonged. But it was a two-point overtime win over UCONN, the No. 2 team in the nation, in the Elite Eight that made George Mason a household name, however briefly. The magical run was ended by eventual national champion Florida in the semis.

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