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They're the feel-good stories of the NCAA Tournament . . . unless the team that gets spiked by their glass slipper is your favorite. Here they are: the greatest Cinderellas from the tournament's last 25 years.

10]  Loyola Marymount, 1990
Reeling from the death of Hank Gathers, the high-scoring Lions nonetheless danced all the way to the Elite Eight.
9]  Virginia, 1984
The Cavaliers were unranked, but brushed aside Iona, Arkansas, Syracuse and Indiana en route to the Final Four.
8]  Providence, 1987
Just before the Friars' first tourney game, coach Rick Pitino's infant son died. Providence pulled together and reached the national semifinals.
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2004 NCAA TOURNEY: VEGAS' ODDS TO WIN
Kentucky 9-2   Pitt 18-1
Oklahoma State 9-2   Mississippi State 18-1
Duke 6-1   St. Joseph's 20-1
UConn 8-1   Georgia Tech 20-1
Stanford 9-1   North Carolina 25-1
Gonzaga 10-1   Wake Forest 25-1
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