ESPN's Michael Wilbon predicts Iona upsets Alabama basketball in March Madness tournament
Every year on his podcast, ESPN broadcaster Tony Kornheiser invites an eclectic cast of people to pick brackets for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Some of the people are experts on basketball and college basketball, and sometimes they've barely watched the sport all season.
One of the people almost every year to pick brackets is Kornheiser's co-host on "Pardon the Interruption," Michael Wilbon.
Michael Wilbon picks Iona upset of Alabama
"The biggest upset pick anybody on your show is going to have. I've got Iona beating Alabama," Wilbon said.
"Are you kidding," Kornheiser said. "Iona?!"
"Rick Pitino's done that already," Wilbon said. "He did that. He beat Alabama — it wasn't 2/15, but it was something like that. He was a heavy underdog early in his career, I think at BU, and they beat Alabama."
Wilbon is referring to Pitino coaching No. 6 seed Providence to a 103-82 win against No. 2 seed Alabama in the 1987 Sweet 16. Pitino coached at Boston University from 1978-83 before coaching Providence from 1985-87.
"Wow," Kornheiser said. "Wow."
"You got to do something stupid, so I'm picking that," Wilbon said.
Wilbon proceeded to pick UConn to defeat Iona in the Round of 32.
He picked Illinois to win the national title with Baylor, Gonzaga, and Texas rounding out his Final Four predictions.
At the start of the segment picking his bracket, Wilbon admitted, "I've seen fewer of these teams than ever. There are a handful of teams I have some conviction about, but my bracket is way too chalky for me.
Here's more Alabama, Iona basketball news:
- Betting odds:No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 15 Iona basketball betting line, over/under in NCAA Tournament
- Justin Thomas:Tide fan, golfer Justin Thomas 'not happy' Alabama basketball faces Iona in March Madness
- Alabama men's basketball:For Alabama basketball to make a Final Four run, here's what must happen
Alabama and Iona are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 20.
Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.