Chicago's Rain Man Picks Purdue To Win the National Championship

Colin LinneweberSenior Writer IMarch 25, 2010

SPOKANE,WA - MARCH 21: Chris Kramer #3 of the Purdue Boilermakers celebrates against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena on March 21, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. Purdue defeated Texas A&M 63-61. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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An autistic teenager from Chicago has assembled a flawless NCAA men’s tournament bracket heading into the Sweet 16, which commences tonight.

Despite the myriad of shocking upsets, Alex Hermann has somehow selected all 48 games correctly. The website www.BookofOdds.com reported that the betting chances of having an unblemished bracket entering the Sweet 16 are one in 13,460,000.

“It’s amazing,” Hermann, 17, told Chicago’s NBC affiliate.

Hermann managed to create his perfect bracket by studying numbers to find an ideal combination.

Hermann veered from his strategy, however, when he selected the Purdue Boilermakers as the eventual winners of the national championship.

Hermann predicted the Boilermakers will ultimately take scissors to the nets in Indianapolis because his older brother, Andrew, attends Purdue.

The fourth-seeded Boilermakers' next game is scheduled for Friday night against the top-seeded Duke Blue Devils.

The Autism Society defines autism as “a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and skills.”

Hermann’s story is the most intriguing since the Oscar-winning movie Rain Main premiered in March 1989.

If Purdue does capture the title, Hermann’s account will be this year’s "Best Picture."

Go, Boilermakers!


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