You can’t avoid it. At home, your kids are nagging you to check out their brackets, to see how they compare to yours so they can make fun of your picks like they do you woefully out of date taste in music. At work, your boss, your employees, your friendly associates and bitter enemies are all ragging on your ridiculous picks from the last six years, putting you in the perennial bottom two of the office pool alongside Kenny the Square.
There’s no escape on the way to work. Your stereo dial automatically rolls to Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) ESPN Radio, the lady at the Dunkin Donuts (NASDAQ:DNKN) is wearing her Syracuse 2003 Champions T-shirt, the guy at the tollbooth with the missing front tooth won’t stop talking about how much he hates Duke.
It’s March Madness. Good luck holding onto your sanity.
Common among all these founts of speculation on how the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will shake out is a fairy tale dream. Everyone who fills out a bracket believes in a “Cinderella,” the down-on-their-luck or completely unexpected team that will rise to the occasion and send Dick Vitale into apoplectic fits of joy. Who might rise to the occasion this year and shock an obsessed nation? Consider these candidates, our picks for top NCAA Cinderella teams in 2012.