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Perfect bracket? Chicago teen has one

Patrick Saunders
The Denver Post

My bracket is trashed. So is yours. So is your wife’s. And your buddy’s. And your dog’s.

But there is 17-year-old kid named Alex Hermann from the Chicago area who has a perfect bracket going into Thursday’s Sweet 16.

Alex, who is autistic, correctly predicted Northern Iowa to bump off top-ranked Kansas. Something also told him to pick Ohio over Georgetown, and Cornell to beat Wisconsin.

As far as anyone can tell, he is the only person on the planet with a perfect bracket in what’s been the wildest NCAA Tournament in memory.

“I’m good at math,” Alex told “I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game.”

And to think that I was I was bragging about my 12-4 record after the first round, which, by the way, annoyed my Denver Post colleagues to no end. Now, of course, my bracket is toast. My Final Four features Kansas, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Kentucky. Only Kentucky is still alive. Ouch!

Just how amazing is Alex’s feat? According to, the chances of a perfect bracket at this stage of the tournament are one in 13,460,000.

Alex entered his bracket on one of three NCAA games offered by Unfortunately, it’s the only one without a cash prize awarded to the winner.

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