From the No. 1 seed to Cinderella, here are 10 bold predictions for the 2021 NCAA Tournament

Here are 10 bold predictions for this year’s tournament which is certain to be a wild one after a season battling the COVID pandemic.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by USA TODAY Sports and has been republished in its entirety below. 

Remember when No. 16-seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County upset No. 1 Virginia in 2018? No one saw that coming. Remember when Virginia won the national championship the next season? Not many felt comfortable with that pick, no matter how good the Cavaliers looked in 2019.

Both could be considered bold picks in an office pool. Let’s face it: It’s boring to pick all the top seeds or favorites to advance. Everyone needs one (or several) eye-raising, unexpected picks to set themselves apart. We’ve got you covered in that department.

Here are 10 bold predictions for this year’s tournament.