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Midlands woman's improbable Final Four pick leads the nation's brackets

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Final Four is this weekend, but most people's brackets were busted a long time ago.

Three weeks ago when the tournament began, who really had Butler, West Virginia, Michigan State, and Duke in the Final Four? One South Carolina woman did, and now, she could stand to win a pretty good cash prize.

Keisha Smith is an account executive for the Big DM radio station. So she's pretty good with numbers, especially when it comes to picking the Final Four. That could lead to a four-figure pay day.

Smith took a lot of grief when she filled out her March Madness bracket, especially from her boyfriend.

"He was like, 'why do you have those teams in the Final Four?' And a couple of people around the office were like, 'Keisha, I don't think you're going to win with your final picks,'" recalled Smith.

No one is criticizing Keisha's bracket now. That's because she correctly picked the Final Four teams, starting with Duke.

"Throughout the history they've always had a strong basketball team, so I knew they were pretty much a shoe-in for the final," she explained.

Then came West Virginia.

"I think they have a strong defensive team," Smith continued.

Keisha likes Butler because they're the underdog.

"Plus that's my best friend's last name," she commented.

And she has Michigan State winning it all.

"I'm an alumni of Michigan State, so that's why I picked Michigan State to go all the way," she said.

Keisha 's bracket nickname is Spartan Heart in honor of her Michigan State Spartans. She's already wrapped up her office pool, but her boyfriend's bracket isn't quite so legendary.

"In the office pool, he's in last place," she said.

Keisha is also tied for fourth on the NBC Sports website. Her bracket is the only one with all of the Final Four teams. If she finishes in first place, she'll win $2,000.

"It's been so many upsets and to have the top Final Four, I think it's a really big deal now," she said.

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