Most folks, including yours truly, have all but torn up their NCAA men's college basketball tournament brackets at this point. Mine, for example, is sitting in a neat pile of little confetti pieces at the bottom of my living room wastebasket. But one Jacksonville University freshman's bracket is not only still intact, it has a chance to win its owner bragging rights and some big bucks.
18-year-old Jordan Linder, or "CincyFan007" as he's known on ESPN, is ranked number 1 in the sports network's NCAA Bracket Challenge. Linder stumbled a bit the first two rounds, but heated up when he picked 14 of the Sweet Sixteen teams correctly, and then all of the Elite Eight and Final Four teams. Despite being a die-hard Ohio State fan, Linder's bracket pits Kentucky and Kansas in the national title game with the Wildcats winning it all. Linder tells our news partner channel 4 he'll be happy whether the Buckeyes make it to the title game or not.
"If it didn't happen, I'd be OK because my bracket says it's not going to happen, but if they do go to the finals, I won't be heartbroken because I love them."
So what's his strategy? Linder says he just tried to make smart picks.
"I look at teams that, in the past, have pulled upsets. I would look at teams that have won their conference titles."
This year, nearly 6.5 million entries were submitted to the contest. ESPN will take the top 1% of those entries after the national championship game and randomly select one person to win a $10,000 Best Buy gift card.