(This is incredible. Preposterous. Amazing. Wonderful.)
Northern Iowa beating Kansas? Check. Cornell upsetting Wisconsin? Check. Ohio defeating Georgetown? Check. Murray St. upending Vanderbilt? Check.
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been nothing but 48 games up and 48 games down for 17 year-old Alex Hermann, owner of the world’s only known perfect bracket. How does the Glennbrook South High School (Illinois)student, who happens to be autistic, pick the games?
“I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game,” he said.
So am I, but I have already lost about half my elite eight teams. The chance of Hermann — or anyone else, for that matter — selecting perfect picks through two rounds is one in 13,460,000. And that doesn’t even include the difficulty factor involved with all the upsets this year.
His system is a little bit more complicated than picking teams out of a hat, though.
“I watched each team this year and saw the size of the player and looked at the stats,” he said.
So how much money is Hermann going to make for his bracket, filled out based on these perfect stats of his? Just as much as he would have if he lost every game, sadly. He entered the bracket into a CBS tournament challenge that had no prize. Shucks, as they say.
As for my favorite team, Duke, they might be in trouble this weekend. Hermann has Purdue, his older brother’s alma mater, winning the championship.
But his perfect run has to stop somewhere right? NBA Chicago reports the odds of selecting the winner of every game are either about 1 in 35,360,000 or 1 in 1,000,000,000,000 by others.
All the odds do is tell us there’s a chance.