ALLEN, Neb. -- In the town of Allen, Neb., nine-year-old Ani Olsufka accomplished an unexpected feat as part of a class project. Her March Madness bracket not only accurately predicted this year's men's Final Four, including the surprising journey of 11-seed North Carolina State to the national semifinals, but also correctly picked six of the Elite Eight and foresaw first-round upsets by teams like Oakland, Yale, and James Madison. According to her father, Jeff Robinson, Ani's success was not due to an in-depth knowledge of college basketball but rather to random picks.

Among the millions who participate in March Madness brackets annually, Ani stands out. The NCAA reported that only 297 individuals accurately predicted this year's Final Four.