Five NCAA Tournament upset picks to make during opening weekend originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
First and Second Round upsets are what make March Madness so great.
Seeing some team that no one expected to win knock off a Power 5 team is why everyone loves this time of year. In some ways, it’s the iconic David vs. Goliath. Picking these upsets is a different conversation though. Everyone wants to be the expert that gets to say “I saw this upset coming.” They are hard to predict, another reason why we love it.
First-round upset picks aren’t going to win you a bracket pool, but they certainly can lose you a bracket pool. Early round upsets need to be strategic, you can’t have a Final Four team bowing out in the opening weekend.
Every year there are some upsets that percolate to the top of the water cooler talk.