One of the best things about the NCAA Tournament is the upsets. This year, there are bound to be a few. You can pick your upsets and fill out your bracket by joining the BT Powerhouse bracket pool HERE. The BT Powerhouse writers predict their first round upsets after the jump!
David P Funk's upset picks-
-- 10 Xavier over 7 Notre Dame
Which of the Irish stops Tu Holloway? Guards make a difference in the tournament.
-- 12 Long Beach State over 5 New Mexico
Though New Mexico comes from what is probably a tougher conference (Mountain West), LBSU played a tough nonconference schedule and hung with some of the best teams in the country.
-- 10 Virginia over 7 Florida
Of Virgina's nine losses, seven came by three points or fewer and one was dealt to it by Midwest top seed UNC. The Cavs are better than they look on paper.
-- 10 Purdue over 7 St. Mary's
If Purdue is hitting, they can beat almost anyone.
-- 11 NC State over 6 San Diego State
I'm not buying the Mountain West hype. The Wolfpack almost knocked off UNC in the ACC tourney. Mark Gottfried has this team moving up, not only this season but into the future.
-- 9 Alabama over 8 Creighton
I like Creighton. I just like Alabama more.
-- 11 Texas over 6 Cincinnati
Cincinnati proved early on that it wasn't a mature team. Texas comes out of the second best conference in the nation.
StegerWithSwagg's upset picks-
-- 13 New Mexico State over 4 Indiana.
Maybe I am crazy, but I disagree with the majority and think the MWC is a fine conference. New Mexico State is a very physical team that will be able to get to the line a lot. With the lack of depth for the Hoosiers, especially now without Jones, it'll be a scary contest.
OBrienSchofieldismyHero's upset picks-
apy5000's upset picks-
Both of these teams won their conference tournaments, but I feel like The Beach is more battle hardened thanks to a more intense non-conference schedule. Long Beach State played road games at Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas. Although none of those trips resulted in victories, the tough schedule paid dividends in the regular season and it may continue to do so in the postseason.
-- 12 Cal over 5 Temple
The Pac-12 was disrespected by the selection committee when regular season champ Washington was left out of the field, but Cal is there to exact revenge. Cal must first get past USF in a first four game before they unseat the Owls. Temple definitely has the edge in the impressive wins department, and both teams struggled down the stretch, but Cal did have a tougher conference slate, and that will give them a good enough chance.
-- 14 Belmont over 3 Georgetown
babaoreally's upset picks-