This guy's bracket was better than yours

April, 6, 2010
4/06/10
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Matt Walker won ESPN's NCAA tournament bracket contest this year with a gem of an entry.

The 28-year-old from Ballston Spa, N.Y. somehow correctly predicted Butler would fall to Duke in the championship game, each of the Final Four teams and seven of the Elite Eight teams.

"It feels great to win, but there was no method to my madness," Walker said by phone.

"I’m not a huge college basketball fan. I watch it somewhat passively."

But Walker's local team is Siena, and he was able to watch the Saints lose to Butler in February. The Bulldogs caught his eye.

"It was just a feel," Walker said. "They were very hot coming in. I just go game by game. I submitted my bracket and thought, 'Did I just put Butler in the championship?'"

The bracket wasn't perfect, but his misses were few and far between. He picked Ohio State to go to the Elite Eight and Siena, Georgetown, Kansas and New Mexico to go to the Sweet 16.

Walker said he's always loved seeing Duke do well, and of course he was rooting on the Blue Devils last night.

Currently unemployed, Walker said the $10,000 prize for winning the contest will help his family.

"It couldn’t have come at a better time," Walker said. "We'll have a little fun with it."

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