Two basketballs sit on the floor before a second-round college basketball game between UCLA and Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament, Monday, March 20, 2023, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

By: Bradin Fountain & Dontay Frierson

March Madness is back everyone, and it’s time to fill out those brackets. But before you do, take a look at a few of our upset picks. For those that don’t know, every year during the NCAA Tournament, there are several big upsets, in which a higher-seeded, major conference team gets beaten by a low-seeded, “Cinderella” team. Here are three upsets that we would roll with when filling out your brackets this year.

Best Pick

#12 James Madison over #5 Wisconsin

I think James Madison has the best chance at a Cinderella run this year. They are a 30-win team and they are on a roll, going undefeated over their last ten games this season. Also, they have 12 road wins this year, which leads the nation, so expect them to be pretty comfortable coming into this tournament. 

Homer Pick

#15 Western Kentucky over #2 Marquette 

Hey, it’s Kentucky. We love our basketball, and while the Wildcats get most of the attention, the Hilltoppers are pretty tough too. Both squads are very solid, but I like Western Kentucky upsetting Marquette this year. Each team is 6 – 4 over their last 10 games, so neither team is coming into this matchup on a roll. Plus, Marquette was upset in the first round last year when they were a #2 seed, so it’s not crazy to expect much of the same this year.

A.I. Pick

#15 South Dakota St. over #2 Iowa State

So this season, different platforms are using AI generated models to pick each game of the tournament and they provide analysis for this pick. This upset was generated by the X (formerly known as Twitter) AI system, Grok. A #15 South Dakota St. beating a #2 Iowa State, which a lot of people thought should be a #1 seed, would be a major upset for sure. But hey, the AI says it’s going to happen, so it might be worth picking on one of your brackets.

Good luck in filling out your brackets this year and enjoy the madness of March!