Some NCAA Tournament Upsets To Be On The Lookout For As The Madness Begins

By 750 THE GAME STAFF

Eric Prisbell of On3 Sports is no stranger to nailing upset picks in the NCAA Tournament. He joined John Canzano (Afternoons 3-6 p.m.) on Wednesday to dish on some of the picks he’s leaning toward ahead of the first-round action.

Prisbell says there’s a few double-digit seeds he’s got an eye on, starting in the South Region.

“I’m looking at James Madison over Wisconsin,” Prisbell said on 750 The Game. “James Madison is an excellent team. They are an older, veteran team which you like to see from a mid-major that could possibly pull an upset. Wisconsin has finally gotten hot and they’re getting hot from three point range. But JMU defends the three well. So I got that as a 12-5 upset.”

In the West Region, Prisbell has another double-digit seed pulling a shocker.

“In the 4-13 matchup, Alabama is a great offensive team,” Prisbell said. “But they’re ranked like 345th in scoring defense. And you got a Charleston team that is really well coached under Pat Kelsey. They average 82 points per game. I could see Alabama scoring 95 points, but I think they’re going to give up 96, 97. So I’m picking Charleston as a 13 there.”

What does Prisbell think of Oregon’s matchup with South Carolina? It would hardly be an uspet if Oregon wins, as the point spread is hovering around 1-1/2 to 1-point or a pick ’em. But Prisbell said he does not want to bet against Dana Altman.

“I got so much respect for South Carolina coach Lamont Paris. He’s doing a great job there. But the bottom line is Dana Altman does not lose first round games. And you give him several days to prepare and you consider how they’re playing right now, not earlier in the season, and then you consider how (N’Faly) Dante is playing as well and what he did against Colorado. It would be very difficult to go against Oregon.”

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