Autistic Teen's NCAA Bracket Perfect Thus Far

Alex Hermann's 48 game streak carries 1 in 13,460,000 odds
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 12:56 PM CDT
Autistic Teen's NCAA Bracket Perfect Thus Far
Ohio's DeVaughn Washington (1) celebrates a dunk over Georgetown's Julian Vaughn (22). Ohio upset Georgetown, and Alex Hermann predicted it.   (AP Photo)

Alex Hermann is 17 years old, autistic, and has picked the correct winner of every one of the 48 games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament played so far—including three far-fetched upsets. An online odds-maker puts the likelihood of Hermann’s feat at 1 in 13,460,000, akin to winning the lottery...twice. “I’m kind of good at math,” he tells NBC Chicago, “and at stats I see on TV during the game.”

Hermann, with help from his brother, entered his bracket online at CBSSports, but—alas, alack—chose the only of its 3 bracket games that doesn’t offer prizes for correct predictions. It’s also the only one that can be changed after the tourney starts—didn’t happen, his family says—so CBS can’t confirm his astonishing feat. Unfortunate occurrence No. 3: Hermann’s pick to win the whole shebang is Purdue. But why? It’s his brother’s alma mater. But just maybe… (More Alex Hermann stories.)

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