Who Will be March Madness's Cinderella Story?

Basketball Mar 15, 2022

Who will be the March Madness basketball tournament's "Cinderella Team?" We think it could be the South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Each year, March Madness produces at least one "Cinderella Story."

Being a Cinderella team means an underdog that unexpectedly pulls off a series of upsets and then rides a hot streak much deeper into the tournament than is expected.

This season's Cinderella team could very well be the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (SDSU).

This feisty team went 30-4 this season and won the Summit Conference. The Jackrabbits are currently riding a 21-game winning streak. They have not lost a game since December 15th.

Moreover, SDSU ranks as the top 3-point shooting team in the country (44 percent! -- the second-best team shoots 40 percent). For those who view long-range shooting teams are way too erratic to win against strong opposition, recall that Baylor used 3-point shooting prominently in its game plans and ended up winning a national championship last year.

SDSU is bracketed in the Midwest where they're a #13 seed. They play the Big East's Providence Friars (25-5) in the opening round.

Oddsmakers and many bettors have become aware of just how dangerous the Jackrabbits could be in this tourney. They've been bet down to only a +2.5 underdog at Spreads.ca. SDSU is also a +120 moneyline dog. The O/U is 149.5.

The game is scheduled for early on Thursday with a 12:40 pm ET tip-off.

Here's the partial betting menu for this matchup at Spreads.ca: