Nearly everyone I know who has filled out a bracket for this year’s NCAA tournament is either completely out of the running or barely hanging on by a thread. Remarkably, Alex Herman, a 17-year-old Chicago resident, has picked every game of the tournament correctly so far. And, we’re not talking about a tournament that has gone according to the script. There have been some major upsets. How has he done it? He has autism and has a wizard like grasp of statistics. Even though his remaining picks would leave me high and dry (I have Syracuse winning the whole thing, and he has Purdue), I can’t help but pull for him. It would be a magical story if he could continue on this streak. How can you pull against magic?
BTW – His Final Four? Tennessee, Kansas State, Kentucky, Purdue
His finals match up? Kansas State vs. Purdue
His National Champion? Purdue
You can see a video of Alex here.