WhatIfSports.com and CollegeHoops.net have partnered up to bring you Cinderella Madness 2012. This college basketball simulation tournament features 16 of the most memorable Cinderella stories from the past eight seasons. We invited teams outside the BCS conferences, seeded 7th or lower that advanced to the Sweet 16 or beyond. Teams were seeded 1 through 16 and then games were simulated using WhatIfSports.com's award-winning college basketball simulation engine. Each match was "played" 501 times.
Semifnals: 2006-07 UNLV vs 2010-11 VCU
UNLV beat '06 Wichita St and then '06 Bradley to reach the semis. VCU beat '10 UNI and '04 Xavier in the quarterfinals.
The mere mention of Georgetown's Ruben
Boumtje-Boumtje excites college basketball fanatics as he does possess
one of the catchiest names of all-time. The seven-foot, 260 pound post player
paved the way for two other big men of Cameroonian descent to leave their mark
during the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute may have led his Bruins to the Final Four that season, but on this day and in this game, UNLV's Gaston Essengue experienced his one shining moment.
Held to only two points the entire second half, Essengue connected on a jumper in the game's final seconds to hand his Rebels a 72-70 win and punch their ticket to the Cinderella Madness title game.
Wendell White led the Rebels with 16 points, while Joey Rodriguez finished with 16 for the Rams in the loss.
Player of the game: Kevin Kruger (15 points, 8 assists, 3 steals)
Winning Percentage of 501 Simulations: '07 UNLV 51.9% - '11 VCU 48.1%
Game Recap: UNLV 71 - VCU 70 (Boxscore)
Check back tomorrow for the Finals. More Cinderella Madness with the complete bracket.