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In which a 15-year-old picks 1-64

Updated: February 11, 2010, 5:22 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

This might be the e-mail of the year, right here:

Hi Mr. Lunardi,

My name is Daniel Weintraub. I'm 15 years old and live in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., and am obsessed with college basketball. When February and March come around every year, I am always preoccupied with predicting, revising and re-doing brackets for the NCAA tournament in my spare time (and also when I should be paying attention in school).

You may have seen on the news that the D.C. area has been hit by a huge blizzard, cancelling school for an entire week for my county. Given all of this extra time to myself, I have immersed myself in watching college basketball, studying up on the Top 25, bubble teams and even the competition happening in the Summit League (I am confident that IUPUI will take down Oakland in the conference tournament final).

I spent all of yesterday constructing a preliminary bracket, working into the morning to complete it. I was hoping that you could take a look at my predictions and give me feedback on which teams are seeded too high, too low or just about right. I know you are very busy and you must get hundreds of fan e-mails every week, so if you could please take just a quick glance at my bracket outline it would be GREATLY appreciated.

If you do get to look at it, I have attached six files to this email. The first shows all of the conferences' bids to the tourney that I predicted, and the rankings of all the teams. The next five are my predicted Midwest bracket, South bracket, East bracket, West bracket, and the last is the Final Four.

Thank you very much for taking your time to read this, and I'll be sure to continue to closely follow your Bracketology sessions on ESPN in the next month or so.

Merry Madness!

Daniel Weintraub,
Aspiring Bracketologist

Daniel, your level of detail is impressive -- and your passion even more so. And, since there seem to be more than a few folks out there (Evanston, Blacksburg, etc.) who are less than thrilled with my projections, I am offering yours as a public service.

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