Three Shocking Upsets for Round One in the March Madness Tournament

James BrownSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2010

PORTLAND, OR - MARCH 21:  Quincy Pondexter #20 of the Washington Huskies reacts in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rose Garden on March 21, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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It happens every year, one team pulls off the unbelievable upset and gets people buzzing about March Madness. It’s usually the one win that no one saw coming and breaks heart and brackets all over the country. The real trick is trying to find the upsets before they happen.

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I have found the three upsets in round one that will shock the tournament and jumble some brackets.


#12 Utah St over #5 Texas A&M
What many people don’t know about Utah St is that they are possibly the best team from behind the arc in the country. They have more than a handful of players that have shot over 40% from three point range this year. That will allow them to get a lead on A&M and get an upset. Utah St plays a much better defensive game that will be enough in the first round matchup. The Utah St Aggies are 23-9-2 ATS in their last 34 games following a ATS loss and with a line this close that will mean that Utah St wins this one on the floor.

Pick Utah St as a first round upset.

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#11 Washington over #6 Marquette

With all of the hype that the Big east has gotten this year it will be hard to envision Marquette losing to a Pac-10 team, but look out below here comes the upset! Quincy Pondexter may be the best player that you have never heard about and he is scoring threat from anywhere on the floor. Isiah Thomas gives them strong guard play and an inside outside approach that will be too hard for Marquette to handle. The Golden Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games as a favorite and will be bounced early in the first round as Washington advances in the shocking upset!

Pick #11 Washington as a first round upset.

#13 Murray St over #4 Vanderbilt

Don’t sleep on the Murray St Racers. This team is no slouch and they won 30 games this season and bring plenty of talent and depth to the tournament. Vanderbilt struggled down the stretch losing two out of three and won’t be able to shake it off in enough time to get the win in the first round. Vanderbilt has been in this spot before two years ago when they were a four seed in the tournament and promptly went home in a blowout loss. Look for history to repeat itself. The Racers win this game with defense and depth and Vanderbilt becomes the third shocking upset in Round one.

Pick #13 Murrary St as a first round upset.

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