LOCAL NEWS

Teen ties for first place in ESPN tournament challenge, beating millions of brackets

Apr 8, 2023, 9:33 AM | Updated: 10:10 am

div style="position:relative; overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:56.25%">

WEST JORDAN, Utah — March Madness may be over, but a Utah family is still on cloud nine after their nephew won the ESPN Tournament Challenge.

Armour Johnson had tied for first place in the tournament out of over 20 million brackets. (KSL TV)

Armour Johnson, 16, lives in Washington state but was in town visiting family when he learned he had tied for first place in the tournament out of over 20 million brackets.

“I was just surprised because it feels like one of those things that never could happen,” he said.

Johnson, a varsity basketball player for his local high school, entered 25 brackets, initially aiming for precision but later making more intuitive choices.

“I was trying to get them down to the T but then I just kind of started letting loose more on my last 15, and just doing what I thought was right in the moment, I guess,” he said.

He kept a close eye on the competition and even attended the UConn vs. Gonzaga game in Las Vegas. As the games progressed, he realized that one of his brackets was performing exceptionally well. 

“The Elite Eight is where it really started to pick up because I picked seven out of the eight Elite Eight teams. And the only one that I didn’t get right was Purdue because they had an upset in the first round,” he said.

On Monday night, he gathered with family in Utah to watch the championship game. By that point, Johnson was in 4th place in the tournament.

“I was feeling pretty confident that I could win it all,” he said.

After UConn beat SDSU, his lucky bracket tied for first place, earning 1,600 points. Johnson said this unforgettable experience taught him a life long lesson.

“Try everything, you know you never know what is going to go your way,” he said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Olympian Clayton Yong and many others took part in a 6-mile run along the Jordan River Trail in Sou...

Alex Cabrero

Elite Running Program credited for producing Utah Olympians competing in 2024 Paris Games

Olympian Clayton Young credits his success to an increased emphasis on the running culture in Utah, and a big part of that is to the Elite Run Program.

10 hours ago

Taylorsville police vehicle (KSL TV)...

Mark Jones

Man arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old and running over her brother with a car

A 18-year-old man was taken into custody Saturday by police for an allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl.

11 hours ago

...

Mark Jones

Boy, 16, suffers leg injury after being struck by a boulder near Red Ledges

A 16-year-old boy suffered a serious leg injury after being struck by a boulder on Friday at Red Ledges Picnic Area in Utah County.

12 hours ago

A former Internal Revenue Service employee who lives in Utah was charged in federal court with abus...

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com

Utahn who worked for IRS charged in federal court with trying to steal $2M

A former Internal Revenue Service employee who lives in Utah was charged in federal court with abusing his position to attempt to steal more than $2 million in tax credits.

13 hours ago

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an update on the ongoing renovation projec...

Mark Jones

Church provides update on Temple Square construction progress

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday provided an update on the ongoing renovation project at Temple Square.

13 hours ago

The Little Twist wildfire grew to 1,000 acres on Saturday, June 15, 2024,  according to a news rele...

Mark Jones

Little Twist wildfire, southeast of Beaver, is now 1,000 acres in size

The Little Twist wildfire grew to 1,000 acres on Saturday, according to a news release from the Central Utah Fire Interagency.

16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Teen ties for first place in ESPN tournament challenge, beating millions of brackets