Riverside Teen In 3rd Place In ESPN Tournament Challenge

The UCLA Bruins are a big reason why many people have long had their NCAA Tournament brackets busted. But that is not the case for 13-year-old Sam Tomas of suburban Riverside.

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- And speaking of those Bruins, they're a big reason why many of us have long had our brackets busted, but that is not the case for 13-year-old Sam Tomas of suburban Riverside. His bracket is alive and doing amazingly well. He's currently in third place in ESPN's tournament challenge out of over 16 million entries, so how the heck has he done it?

SAM TOMAS: I literally did not think that any of this would happen. I just-- I picked USC to go to the Elite Eight. I had, like, Baylor versus Arkansas there. I mean, of course, I had UCLA. That's what's gotten me so far in the Final Four, and it's all just been crazy. Because it's all luck really. There's, like, no skills taken into this.

MATT ZAHN: A little too modest maybe. As you may have noticed, Sam's a Michigan State fan. Well, he picked the winner of the Spartans UCLA first four game to go to the Final Four. He thought it would be MSU, but he still gets the points for the Bruins making it all the way there.

- Aw, a little humble genius. Thank you, Matt.