2023 March Madness Upset, Underdog & Cinderella Picks

BetQL’s March Madness upset picks for the 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

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March Madness Upset Picks Today

This is March Madness, so you can expect quite a large amount of upsets this time of the year, and BetQL has you covered with all of our best bets on who will come out victorious. A lot of these underdogs will get you some really great plus-money, and that means larger profits. The NCAA Tournament can be very tricky to bet on, as the lines are so sharp. Sportsbooks have their "A-team" of oddsmakers, so to speak, working on these.

BetQL ranks every single moneyline bet on a star scale of one to five, with five stars being the most valuable bet at the current number. Our expert algorithms analyze every single bet, every single day, to always give you the advantage over the books. Even a small edge can be all it takes to stay in the green, as going 1-1 with a plus-money winner will likely keep you up with a profit.

We recommend tailing three-star and higher plus-money bets, with three stars being a smaller wager and five stars being a larger one. Of course, we also have our game pages, which will help you make a more informed bet on which underdogs to back and, more importantly, where to get the best prices!

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March Madness Expert Upset Picks For Final 4

Lucy Burdge: Florida Atlantic +115 ML vs. San Diego State
I love the story of FAU in this tournament and I don’t think it ends here. I think they will continue on and make it to the national championship with a won over SDSU. They’ve managed to take down Tennessee and Kansas State in their last two games and I think they will get the win here in the battle between the Owls and the Aztecs.

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UConn Alternate Spread -7.5 (+130, DraftKings)
UConn has won each of its four tournament games by double-digits and I like them to easily cover -5.5, so why not take them on an alt line for some plus money? The Huskies own the second-best offense in the country and the 11th best defense. They’ve shot over 57% from the field in three of their four games and have dominated each team on the boards. Part of what makes UConn so difficult is the fact that they have not one, but two dominant big men.

Adama Sanogo has been a difference-maker all season. He leads the Huskies in scoring with 17.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on the season and is the reason UConn ranks second in the country in offensive rebounding. When Sanogo comes out of the game, Dan Hurley has the luxury of replacing him with freshman Donovan Clingan. Between the two of them, getting anything at the rim is going to be extremely difficult for Miami. The Huskies perimeter defense is also good enough to make it difficult for the Hurricanes guards to knock down shots from the perimeter, which is why I think UConn will win big again.

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March Madness Cinderella Picks For NCAA Tournament

Don't think that we won't have you covered with all kinds of other bets on the NCAA Tournament, because outside of our underdog bets, we also have star-rated picks on the total, first half, and player props! Our model is able to simulate every game 10,000 times and give you the most likely outcome for each bet. It's amazing what technology can do in the year of 2023, and with the BetQL model getting better and better every season by adapting and learning, the books don't have a prayer.

March Madness is not a time when you want to bet without being informed as much as possible on every game, and with our game pages, you will have all the info you need at your fingertips for the entire NCAA Tournament. Best bets, statistics, ATS records, and all kinds of useful trends to make sure you make the best bet for every game to give you the biggest edge.

Understanding Underdog Picks For March Madness

In sports betting, there is always going to be a favorite and an underdog. The favorite is who is projected to win the game, and they come with a "-" sign in front of their odds. This means that you will have to pay a bit of "juice" to make this bet. So, a -110 bet means that you will have to bet $110 to win $100. Underdogs are the teams that are projected to lose the game, and carry a "+" sign next to their odds. This means that you will get money on top of your bet. So a +110 odds line means that a $100 bet wins you $110 in profit.

That is called getting plus money, and those bets can be very valuable and offer the biggest payday if you can pick some winners as underdogs. Good news, as BetQL will have all the most valuable underdogs right at your fingertips that have the best chance to upset the favorite. Use all of our great tools and info to bet on these 'dogs and start bringing home the bacon this month.

What is a March Madness Cinderella?

A "Cinderella" in March Madness is a term used to describe a team that is not expected to perform well, but manages to make an unexpected deep run in the tournament. These teams are often underdogs with low-seeded positions in the bracket, and they typically come from smaller, less well-known schools.

The term "Cinderella" is derived from the fairy tale of the same name, in which a poor, lowly girl rises to prominence and finds success against all odds. Similarly, a March Madness Cinderella is a team that exceeds expectations and achieves unexpected success.

Some of the most famous Cinderella stories in March Madness history include George Mason University in 2006, which reached the Final Four as an 11th seed, and Loyola Chicago in 2018, which made a surprising run to the Final Four as an 11th seed as well.

What Are the Biggest Upsets in March Madness History?

March Madness is known for its upsets, with lower-seeded teams often knocking off higher-seeded teams in thrilling games. Here are a few of the biggest upset picks in March Madness history:

  1. 1985: #8 Villanova over #1 Georgetown - In one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, Villanova, as an 8th seed, upset the top-ranked Georgetown Hoyas to win the NCAA Championship. This game is widely regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
  2. 1991: #15 Richmond over #2 Syracuse - In the first round of the tournament, #15 Richmond shocked #2 Syracuse with a 73-69 win, becoming the first #15 seed to win a game in tournament history.
  3. 1993: #2 Santa Clara over #2 Arizona - In one of the most memorable upsets in tournament history, Steve Nash and #15 Santa Clara upset #2 Arizona in the first round, with Nash scoring 10 points and dishing out 5 assists in the game.
  4. 1996: #13 Princeton over #4 UCLA - In a classic David vs. Goliath matchup, #13 Princeton upset #4 UCLA with a 43-41 victory. The game was notable for Princeton's slow-paced offense and disciplined defense, which frustrated the higher-seeded Bruins.
  5. 2012: #15 Norfolk State over #2 Missouri - In one of the most shocking upsets in tournament history, #15 Norfolk State upset #2 Missouri in the first round, with Kyle O'Quinn leading the way with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

These are just a few of the biggest upset picks in March Madness history, but there are many more memorable upsets that have taken place over the years.

What is the Lowest Seed to win the NCAA Tournament?

The lowest seed to win the NCAA Tournament is #8, which has happened twice in tournament history.

The first time it happened was in 1985, when the Villanova Wildcats, as an #8 seed, went on a magical run to win the tournament. They upset #1-seeded Michigan in the Elite Eight, and then went on to beat #2-seeded North Carolina in the Final Four, before upsetting #1-seeded Georgetown in the championship game.

The second time it happened was in 2011, when the Connecticut Huskies, also an #8 seed, won the tournament. They beat #2-seeded San Diego State in the Sweet 16, #5-seeded Arizona in the Elite Eight, #3-seeded Kentucky in the Final Four, and then defeated #8-seeded Butler in the championship game.

No #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, or #15 seed has ever won the NCAA Tournament. The #16 seed has never won a game in the tournament's history.

What are the Most Common March Madness Upsets?

The most typical March Madness upset seeding is the #12 seed over the #5 seed. In the history of the tournament, #12 seeds have beaten #5 seeds over 50% of the time in the first round.

This upset is so common that it has become known as the "5-12 upset." Many bracketologists and analysts often look for potential #12 seed upsets when filling out their brackets, as it has become a common occurrence in the tournament.

Other common upsets in the tournament include the #11 seed over the #6 seed, the #10 seed over the #7 seed, and the #9 seed over the #8 seed, although these upsets happen less frequently than the 5-12 upset.

It's important to note, however, that upsets can happen in any game and any round of the tournament, and that no team is truly safe from an upset. The unpredictability of March Madness is what makes it such a thrilling and exciting event for fans of college basketbal

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