12-Year-Old Wins ESPN’s Tournament Challenge Out Of 11.57 Million Entries



Hardly anyone correctly picked the national championship game last night, but somehow  a 12-year-old from Lake Zurich managed to have the top bracket in ESPN’s tournament challenge.

The young fan admitted that he did not even follow basketball throughout the season, and simply picked the teams that he liked. This year’s edition of March Madness was filled with upsets and buzzer beaters, most notably Georgia State’s RJ Hunter who hit the game-winning shot to knock Baylor out of the tournament in the first of many upsets.

He had a handful of picks wrong as anyone would, but picked the correct final four and something that was not too unbelievable after the season that they had, selected Duke to win it all. The win gives coach Mike Krzyzewski his 5th national championship, now ranked 2nd of all coaches, and did it with a handful of talented freshmen.

The 12-year-old from Lake Zurich tied with one other person in the challenge, but with the tie-breaker, his bracket has become the winner. Whether his picks were based on any skill or knowledge or simply pure luck, there is no doubt that he is having a fun moment in showing off to everyone right now.

Each person’s entry who finished in the top 1 percent of the Tournament Challenge will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize, which is a $20,000 gift card and a trip to the 2015 Maui Invitational. However, unfortunately for Zurich, the rules also explicitly state that entrants need to be at least 18 years old in order to be eligible.

Of course, he was not worried about these rules when he first filled out the bracket since, like everyone else, he was probably just doing it for fun. Nobody really expects to win the challenge right? Certainly you wouldn’t expect to come in first place out of nearly 12 million brackets, but somehow, he did just that.

Tell US: Do you think the rules should be altered in order to let people like the 12-year-old from Lake Zurich be eligible to win the grand prize? Who says people under 18 can’t be just as educated about selecting the winners in a bracket?

Tobias Roth
Tobias Roth received his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration on Film Studies from Michigan State University. He loves movies, being outdoors and enjoys a good game of ultimate frisbee. He also has a passion for animals, the environment, and learning new things.

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