One of the greatest mysteries every March is how to pick the next Cinderella team to bust brackets and steal the nation’s attention. We wondered if the following question might help solve that puzzle: how do teams like 2018 Loyola Chicago fare the season after making their unexpected runs? Is it smart to pick a familiar Cinderella?

First, let’s look at how past Cinderellas have followed up since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. For the sake of this story, we’ll define a Cinderella team as any 9-seed or lower to advance to at least the Elite Eight. There have been 21 total instances, including three last year (Florida State, Kansas State, Loyola Chicago).

RELATED: Ingredients for a Cinderella run | How each seed performs in the Final Four























‘CINDERELLA’ YEAR (SEED) SCHOOL ROUND REACHED NEXT YEAR’S RESULT
2018 (9) Kansas State Elite Eight ???
2018 (9) Florida State Elite Eight ???
2018 (11) Loyola Chicago Final Four ???
2017 (11) Xavier Elite Eight Round of 32
2016  (10) Syracuse Final Four Missed tournament
2014 (11) Dayton Elite Eight Round of 32
2013  (9) Wichita State Final Four Round of 32
2011 (11) Virginia Commonwealth Final Four Round of 32
2008 (10) Davidson Elite Eight Missed tournament
2006 (11) George Mason Final Four Missed tournament
2002 (10) Kent State Elite Eight Missed tournament
2002 (12) Missouri Elite Eight Round of 32
2001 (11) Temple Elite Eight Missed tournament
1999 (10) Gonzaga Elite Eight Sweet Sixteen
1997 (10) Providence Elite Eight Missed tournament
1994 (9) Boston College Elite Eight Missed tournament
1991 (10) Temple Elite Eight Round of 64
1990 (10) Texas Elite Eight Round of 32
1990 (11) Loyola Marymount Elite Eight Missed tournament
1987 (10) Louisiana State Elite Eight Round of 64
1986 (11) Louisiana State Final Four Elite Eight

 


MORE: Here are the top 20 returning college basketball players | Podcast