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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
DAY FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tue, 7 pm Lehigh 7 Florida A&M 133
Thu, 12:20 Florida Manhattan NL
Thu, 12:25 Texas Tech 2 Charlotte 145
Thu, 12:40 Maryland UTEP 148½
Thu, 2:40 Alabama So. Illinois 134
Thu, 2:55 W. Forest 12½ VCU 149½
Thu, 2:55 St. Joseph's 23½ Liberty 136½
Thu, 3:10 Syracuse 2 BYU 135
Thu, 5:10 Stanford 25 UTSA 136
Thu, 7:10 Duke 34 Alabama St. 133
Thu, 7:10 UConn 20 Vermont 134
Thu, 7:20 Texas 11½ Princeton 119
Thu, 7:35 Michigan St. Nevada 139½
Thu, 9:40 DePaul Dayton 131½
Thu, 9:40 Arizona Seton Hall 154
Thu, 9:50 N. Carolina Air Force 130
Thu, 10:05 Gonzaga 18 Valpo 147
All Times ET -- Bold indicates home team
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