Writers Picks: Top Upsets & Surprise Teams

March 16th, 2008

Need help filling in your bracket? CHN writers give their predictions below about who will be the big winners and losers of this year's bracket. See how these picks compare to CHN's Official Prediction.


Surprise = Team that will exceed expectations/seed

Failure = Team that will underperform seed

Upset = Projected 1st round upset special


Writer Brubaker Carpentier Fox Johnson
Surprise USC USC Davidson WKU
Failure Wisconsin Duke Drake Tennessee
Upset Siena Siena WKU Siena
  over Vandy over Vandy over Drake over Vandy



Writer Teitel Tomassini Wesler White
Surprise Pitt Temple Stanford Kansas St
Failure Xavier Georgetown Duke Memphis
Upset Kansas St Oral Roberts Villanova WKU
  over USC over Pittsburgh over Clemson over Drake



What can we make of these picks? USC is a favorite to advance to the Sweet Sixteen at the expense of Wisconsin (a belief shared by CHN's Official Prediction.) Western Kentucky and Siena are trendy upset picks.. while thoughts on Pitt are mixed.


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