Cinderella Story

A Cinderella story refers to a team that has been ranked as a number 11 seed or lower, yet has managed to advance onto the Sweet Sixteen, thus achieving far greater success than reasonably anticipated, much like the fairytale Cinderella herself. To take the analogy further, sportscasters will also use the term striking midnight to refer to a Cinderella story being defeated, or the turn into a pumpkin to describe a Cinderella story falling out of the spotlight and back into its former obscurity.

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