Arizona was not supposed to be in the tournament.
Somebody better tell them.
The Wildcats are the lowest seed remaining in the tournament, by an astounding seven seeds, and will attempt to become just the second 12-seed in tournament history to advance to the Elite Eight.
Every year it seems that one team that was “on the bubble” makes a run deep into the tournament. That’s what makes the tournament so great; once you make the tournament, whether you deserved your spot or not, you get a chance to play and advance.
With the tournament in full swing, and Arizona having a chance to keep playing, we take a look at some great performances of bubble teams of the past. For our purposes we only look at NCAA tournaments since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Keep in mind that we are looking at bubble teams only, not teams that got an automatic bid, so absent from our list are Cinderella’s Stephen Curry and Davidson’s magical run last year, as well as the heart-warming performance of the 1990 Loyola Marymount team.
Will Arizona play their way onto this list over the weekend? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, we take a look at the Top 10 Best Bubble Team Performances.