March Madness is finally here, which means we’re all looking for dark horse sleeper upsets as we fill out our brackets.
Is it possible for a bracket to bust before the games even start?
That’s the time honored anxiety we all feel this time of year as we stare into the abyss of a blank bracket and try to determine when — not if — things will bust.
Part of the anxiety is another time honored March Madness tradition: Picking upsets.
No matter what history clearly tells us about higher seeds making deep tournament runs year after year, we all stare at that blank bracket and try to talk ourselves into a school we may or may not be thinking about for the first time in our lives beating perennial powerhouses of college basketball.
Comedian Rob Riggle is no different, and he’s finally landed on what schools he thinks will be this year’s Cinderella teams.
“Oklahoma State is playing great basketball right now, I think they’re on a run and hot and peaking at the right time,” Riggle told FanSided’s Adam Weinrib on the SportFire podcast. “I’ve actually got them winning the Midwest.”
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As for his upset pick, Riggle cycled through St. Bonaventure over LSU and UCLA over BYU — assuming the Bruins are able to win their play-in game against MIchigan State — but he settled on another slept on dark horse: San Diego State.
”They’re going to go a little deeper in the tournament than most people think.”
The Aztecs are a No. 6 seed, which doesn’t make them an upset pick in the traditional sense, but they’re not a team many are leaning on when filling out their brackets. A first-round matchup with Syracuse would be followed by a game against West Virginia (barring an upset for the Mountaineers). From there San Diego State would match up against either Clemson, Rutgers, or Houston in the Sweet 16 before things get truly chaotic and unpredictable in the Elite Eight.
But what’s March without a little Madness?
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