Margaux Matter is one in a million. Or rather, according to ESPN’s NCAA tournament bracket rankings, 29 out of 6.5 million.
Whether Matter, an aide for retiring Rep. Jerry Lewis (Calif.), holds on to her ranking after this weekend’s games, she has lifetime bragging rights for putting together one of the most pristine brackets of 2012.
How did she do it?
“My story is two-fold,” she begins. “First, personal reasons: One of the biggest [tournament] upsets was Lehigh University. My husband went to Lehigh University. So I picked them.”
Matter is also a fifth generation Ohio State Buckeye, so she will always have Ohio State going all the way. Another trick? Never, ever picking Michigan to win anything.
“The second strategy was political,” Matter explains. “For example, Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio] attended Xavier [University] so I picked them.”
She also picked the University of Kansas to face the University of Louisville in the Final Four as “a shoutout to Congressman [Kevin] Yoder [R-Kan.].”
Why Yoder? Well, she says he’s a freshman with a talented staff.
See, it is science.
“The important thing to keep in mind,” Matter says. “I have all available points; I could still win this.”
With Lewis retiring, ESPN should definitely call her up to be their March Madness talking head.
If you want, you can leave comments on her ESPN wall.