George Mason, 2006
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An unexpected at-large selection that was panned by tournament experts, the No. 11 Patriots became only the second double-digit seed to make the Final Four and the first "mid-major" team to accomplish the feat. The balanced Patriots, led by verbose coach Jim Larranaga, knocked out Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State, and UConn to reach college basketball's biggest stage.