Autistic Teenager Has Perfect Bracket

March 23, 2010

While the majority of disgruntled college basketball fans across America have spent the last few days picking up the pieces of their shattered March Madness brackets, one young man is sitting on the cusp of perfection, and making the rest of us wonder why we put our faith in anything associated with the state of Kansas.

Meet 17-year-old Chicago native Alex Hermann.

Despite battling autism and a brother that tried to instill the value of Villanova’s backcourt, this die-hard college basketball fan is currently the only person in the world who correctly picked the first 48 games of the NCAA Tournament.

According to, the chances of this happening are one in 13,460,000 – which is less likely than winning the state lottery… twice!

"I watched each team this year and saw the size of the player and looked at the stats," Alex told a local NBC affiliate. “"I'm kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game."

Unfortunately for Hermann, because he is under the age of 18, he would not have been eligible to receive any of the potential $13 million he could have won with a perfect entry – something he seems to be okay with right now.

“It's amazing,” says Hermann who seems to perfectly happy just watching the tourney and basking in the glow of his recent success.

For those wondering, he picked Purdue to win the NCAA tournament. An unlikely pick, sure, but at this point are you willing to bet against him?

Photo: NBC Chicago