In the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the Connecticut Huskies came out of nowhere to win the national championship. Connecticut finished the regular season 26-8 and earned a No. 7 seed in the tournament. They went on to defeat favored Michigan State in the Elite Eight and Kentucky in the championship game to win the school's third national title. This after spending much of the regular season unranked.
Is it possible this year's Michigan State Spartans (now 25-11) could pull off a similar feat? If the Spartans beat Oklahoma tonight and Louisville on Sunday (the latter of the two appears to be the more daunting task), they will make it to their seventh Final Four in the past 16 years and have a shot at achieving a similar remarkable turnaround. MSU also was unranked for stretches of the regular season, but has played much better in recent weeks.
The only problem is, this year's undisputed king of the hill is undefeated Kentucky, 37-0 and looking invincible with a roster full of future NBA players. So even if MSU managed to make it to the Final Four and defeat likely opponent Duke, it would face a monumental task in winning it all.
But let's see how it all plays out. The journey is often as enjoyable as the destination.