PAST CHAMPIONS

2019 - bracksketblogs
2018 - 1-3-1 Sports/Crazy Sports Dude/Gade Pool/M-Sports Fans
2017 - Pulse on Sports (Kevin Pulsifer)
2016 - Delphi Bracketology

2015 - Bracketville (Dave Ommen)
2014 - Big Underdog/M+J's Bracket Watch
2013 - Jabesblog
2012 - Lobofan2003's Bracketology
2011 - FOX Sports (Jordan Schwartz)
2010 - Bracketville (Dave Ommen)/Bracket Madness/Washington Post (Eric Prisbell)
2009 - Bracketography
2008 - March Madness All Season (Jeff Borzello)
2007 - The Bracket Project
2006 - Bracket Racket/Bracketology 101

5-YEAR BRACKET MATRIX RANKINGS

PAYMON SCORE   VARIANCE   5-YR WT AVG YEARS IN
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019   2015 2016 2017 2018 2019   MATRIX
AVERAGE   326.5 321.5 335.9 337.8 341.9   1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0      
                 
THE BRACKET MATRIX     338 329 341 347 361   11.5 7.5 5.1 9.2 19.1   11.61 14
                             
BRACKET VETERANS - 3+ YEARS                            
1 Bracketville BV   347 344 357 357 347   20.5 22.5 21.1 19.2 5.1   15.41 11
2 Pulse on Sports - Kevin Pulsifer Pulse     333 367 353 349     11.5 31.1 15.2 7.1   15.18 4
3 Jacob Stallard's Bracketology JS       357 358 347       21.1 20.2 5.1   14.14 3
4 Facts and Bracks F&B       356 351 352       20.1 13.2 10.1   13.64 6
5 Switching the Coverage StC   340 340 338 352 359   13.5 18.5 2.1 14.2 17.1   13.27 7
6 Warren Nolan WN   344 350 348 352 348   17.5 28.5 12.1 14.2 6.1   13.21 14
7 HoopsHD - Jon Teitel HHD-JT   341 334 353 347 354   14.5 12.5 17.1 9.2 12.1   12.54 6
8 Busting Brackets Bust     334 341 349 359     12.5 5.1 11.2 17.1   12.18 4
9 The Catch and Shoot - Jesse Kramer C&S   333 334 349 343 359   6.5 12.5 13.1 5.2 17.1   11.81 10
10 One Man Selection Committee OMC   334 341 345 357 347   7.5 19.5 9.1 19.2 5.1   11.74 5
11 Inside the Hall - Andy Bottoms Hall   334 332 348 354 351   7.5 10.5 12.1 16.2 9.1   11.67 8
12 Gade Pool Gade   332 336 338 361 350   5.5 14.5 2.1 23.2 8.1   11.61 5
13 Delphi Bracketology Delphi     351 352 357 337     29.5 16.1 19.2 -4.9   11.40 4
14 The Bracket Project BP   325 326 348 353 355   -1.5 4.5 12.1 15.2 13.1   11.34 14
15 1-3-1 Sports 131   337 329 339 361 350   10.5 7.5 3.1 23.2 8.1   11.21 8
16 Bracketological Excellence BE   324 331 353 344 357   -2.5 9.5 17.1 6.2 15.1   11.21 9
17 Big 12 Basketblog (Nickel Dimer) B12   327   339 354 356   0.5   3.1 16.2 14.1   11.17 5
18 MAG MAG   324 328 339 347 364   -2.5 6.5 3.1 9.2 22.1   11.14 14
19 Scott's Bracketology Scott   330 324 346 355 353   3.5 2.5 10.1 17.2 11.1   10.87 8
20 Yahoo Sports - Brad Evans Yahoo   315 331 346 352 354   -11.5 9.5 10.1 14.2 12.1   10.34 12
21 Random Bracket Blog RBB   332 325 331 351 362   5.5 3.5 -4.9 13.2 20.1   10.07 6
22 The Mind of Mike Broman Mind     340 338 337 362     18.5 2.1 -0.8 20.1   10.04 4
23 Kyle Foster's Bracketology Kyle   337 330 357 346 347   10.5 8.5 21.1 8.2 5.1   9.94 8
24 RotoWire BracketZology - Adam Zdroik Roto   337 336 345 347 351   10.5 14.5 9.1 9.2 9.1   9.94 6
25 Bucky's Bracket Bucky   342 335 344 343 354   15.5 13.5 8.1 5.2 12.1   9.87 10
26 Jason Wells' Bracketology JW   325 317 338 357 357   -1.5 -4.5 2.1 19.2 15.1   9.87 8
27 Rocco Miller's Bracketology RM   335 311 352 354 350   8.5 -10.5 16.1 16.2 8.1   9.41 7
28 Bracket Mensa Mensa   333 318 335 360 353   6.5 -3.5 -0.9 22.2 11.1   9.41 10
29 Syracusefan7's Bracketology SF7   335 347 351 350 339   8.5 25.5 15.1 12.2 -2.9   9.27 8
30 Wild Bill's Bracketology - Rocky Top Talk Rocky   337 331 350 358 339   10.5 9.5 14.1 20.2 -2.9   9.21 8
31 Oak Creek's March Madness Oak   339 329 338 350 353   12.5 7.5 2.1 12.2 11.1   9.21 10
32 Busting the Bracket - Jeff Borzello BtBr   338 330 341 347 353   11.5 8.5 5.1 9.2 11.1   9.07 14
33 Projection Sunday PSun     315 354 344 354     -6.5 18.1 6.2 12.1   9.04 4
34 Weber's Bracketology Weber       333 353 353       -2.9 15.2 11.1   8.97 3
35 Brack Attack BA   341 324 335 353 353   14.5 2.5 -0.9 15.2 11.1   8.87 11
36 Bracksketblogs BKS     305 331 349 367     -16.5 -4.9 11.2 25.1   8.76 4
37 Graham Doeren Bracketology GDB     331 341 347 352     9.5 5.1 9.2 10.1   8.68 4
38 Watch Stadium - Tim Krueger Stad   334 339 350 339 350   7.5 17.5 14.1 1.2 8.1   8.67 11
39 Boiling the Bracket Boil       348 343 351       12.1 5.2 9.1   8.55 3
40 Big Underdog BU   332 334 333 356 348   5.5 12.5 -2.9 18.2 6.1   8.34 8
41 M+J's Bracket Watch MJ   337 327 354 341 348   10.5 5.5 18.1 3.2 6.1   7.94 8
42 Bracket Forecast - Rusty Tutton March   341 322 340 352 348   14.5 0.5 4.1 14.2 6.1   7.67 7
43 Nothing but Nylon NBN   342 331 343 346 347   15.5 9.5 7.1 8.2 5.1   7.61 5
44 Brackonomics Brack   334 322 343 350 349   7.5 0.5 7.1 12.2 7.1   7.61 10
45 Feature Presentation Online FPO   338   336 344 354   11.5   0.1 6.2 12.1   7.47 9
46 Ruckles Bracketology RB   345 324 344 356 340   18.5 2.5 8.1 18.2 -1.9   7.41 6
47 Bazinga Bracketology JH   334 321 357 338 350   7.5 -0.5 21.1 0.2 8.1   7.41 10
48 KY Brackets KY   337 325 330 349 355   10.5 3.5 -5.9 11.2 13.1   7.34 5
49 Busting Bracketologists - CJ CJ   325 335 347 354 339   -1.5 13.5 11.1 16.2 -2.9   7.27 11
50 Sports Illustrated - Michael Beller SI   323 342 339 344 349   -3.5 20.5 3.1 6.2 7.1   7.14 6
51 isportsweb - Jordan Eccleston ISW       341 349 347       5.1 11.2 5.1   7.14 3
52 Haslametrics HM     290 348 348 359     -31.5 12.1 10.2 17.1   7.11 4
53 Primetime Bracketology - Grant Hansell Grant   308 336 350 342 349   -18.5 14.5 14.1 4.2 7.1   7.01 10
54 RSN Bracketology RSN   324 325 335 357 346   -2.5 3.5 -0.9 19.2 4.1   6.61 5
55 ESPN Bracketology - Joe Lunardi ESPN   343 323 329 344 357   16.5 1.5 -6.9 6.2 15.1   6.61 14
56 RaleighWX's Bracketology RWX       338 344 351       2.1 6.2 9.1   6.39 3
57 March Madness 2019 MM19   325   344 332 358   -1.5   8.1 -5.8 16.1   6.17 12
58 Making the Madness - Jonathon Warriner MtM     316 336 333 365     -5.5 0.1 -4.8 23.1   6.11 4
59 D Ratings DII   305 301 346 357 351   -21.5 -20.5 10.1 19.2 9.1   6.01 7
60 Best Damn Bracket Period BBP     326 332 353 347     4.5 -3.9 15.2 5.1   5.97 4
61 Blogging the Bracket SBN   339 335 339 340 348   12.5 13.5 3.1 2.2 6.1   5.87 12
62 Jabesblog Jabe   336 333 347 341 343   9.5 11.5 11.1 3.2 1.1   5.61 10
63 VTS Bracketmaker VTS   341 325 333 359 338   14.5 3.5 -2.9 21.2 -3.9   5.21 11
64 This Ain't Bracket Science TABS     333 339 346 343     11.5 3.1 8.2 1.1   5.04 4
65 No Perfect Bracket NPB       338 346 346       2.1 8.2 4.1   4.97 3
66 The Steelers n'at TSN   337 332 337 341 347   10.5 10.5 1.1 3.2 5.1   4.87 7
67 Ivar's Blog Ivar   328 325 340 343 347   1.5 3.5 4.1 5.2 5.1   4.47 9
68 Stuck in 1977 1977   328 306 337 345 353   1.5 -15.5 1.1 7.2 11.1   3.87 8
69 Jason Lisk's Bracketology Lisk   333 331 338 343 343   6.5 9.5 2.1 5.2 1.1   3.87 7
70 Spidey's Bracket Spidey       328 350 346       -7.9 12.2 4.1   3.80 3
71 RFS Bracket Science RFS   330 314 345 339 349   3.5 -7.5 9.1 1.2 7.1   3.74 9
72 The Buffet Buffet     338 344 342 337     16.5 8.1 4.2 -4.9   3.54 5
73 WNUR Sports WNUR   323 317 317 357 351   -3.5 -4.5 -18.9 19.2 9.1   3.54 5
74 Mondays are for Bracketology Mon       344 341 342       8.1 3.2 0.1   3.14 3
75 Bradley01 Bracketology BSB1   338 320 334 341 348   11.5 -1.5 -1.9 3.2 6.1   3.07 7
76 Bracketball Bball   335 325 329 346 345   8.5 3.5 -6.9 8.2 3.1   2.87 6
77 Bracket WAG WAG   321 320 343 340 346   -5.5 -1.5 7.1 2.2 4.1   2.81 13
78 Selje's Bracketology Selje       339 352 335       3.1 14.2 -6.9   2.64 3
79 Bracket Bros Bros       344 349 334       8.1 11.2 -7.9   2.47 3
80 Your Average College Student YACS   331 319 342 342 342   4.5 -2.5 6.1 4.2 0.1   2.34 6
81 Hind's Bracketology Hind       348 339 339       12.1 1.2 -2.9   2.22 3
82 Razorbrackets Razor   328 312 339 340 348   1.5 -9.5 3.1 2.2 6.1   2.07 5
83 BEISketbol BEIS   337 334 351 330 338   10.5 12.5 15.1 -7.8 -3.9   2.01 10
84 LAOJoe's Bracketology Joe   330 337 340 352 326   3.5 15.5 4.1 14.2 -15.9   1.61 10
85 CBS Sports - Jerry Palm CBS   328 326 330 343 344   1.5 4.5 -5.9 5.2 2.1   1.61 13
86 Drew's Bracketology Drew   318 334 342 335 341   -8.5 12.5 6.1 -2.8 -0.9   1.27 6
87 Head vs. Gut HvG   342 320 331 344 341   15.5 -1.5 -4.9 6.2 -0.9   1.21 5
88 Lobofan2003's Bracketology Lobo   331 309 332 355 336   4.5 -12.5 -3.9 17.2 -5.9   0.47 11
89 The 17th Seed 17th       336 353 330       0.1 15.2 -11.9   0.14 3
90 D1scourse - Patrick Stevens PS   336 331 338 341 332   9.5 9.5 2.1 3.2 -9.9   -0.13 12
91 rcerulo's Bracketology cerulo       343 334 340       7.1 -3.8 -1.9   -0.28 3
92 Brad-ketology Brad   339 333 357 328 329   12.5 11.5 21.1 -9.8 -12.9   -0.33 10
93 Deuce 2 Sports D2S   334 329 326 324 353   7.5 7.5 -9.9 -13.8 11.1   -0.46 6
94 HoopsHD HHD   330 325 337 336 339   3.5 3.5 1.1 -1.8 -2.9   -0.53 7
95 Carolina Sports Thoughts CST   328 322 342 327 344   1.5 0.5 6.1 -10.8 2.1   -0.79 5
96 Regan NCAA Tournament Index Regan   322 311 342 339 340   -4.5 -10.5 6.1 1.2 -1.9   -0.79 8
97 Crimson Cast CC   327 322 336 335 341   0.5 0.5 0.1 -2.8 -0.9   -0.93 9
98 Kerry Miller's Bracketology BR-KM   320 336 321 345 337   -6.5 14.5 -14.9 7.2 -4.9   -1.19 9
99 Camp Burt Burt       332 331 344       -3.9 -6.8 2.1   -2.36 3
100 Joe Kellogg Bracketology JKB     324 322 336 342     2.5 -13.9 -1.8 0.1   -3.10 4
101 CU Later Copper CULC     321 333 345 329     -0.5 -2.9 7.2 -12.9   -3.24 4
102 Blacketology Black   326 323 331 314 352   -0.5 1.5 -4.9 -23.8 10.1   -3.79 8
103 Bracket Zac Zac       324 331 345       -11.9 -6.8 3.1   -3.95 3
104 Bracket Predictions BrP   306 331 335 317 347   -20.5 9.5 -0.9 -20.8 5.1   -4.13 14
105 Bitter Birds Birds   326 318 326 339 336   -0.5 -3.5 -9.9 1.2 -5.9   -4.13 5
106 Bracket Odds Brodd   316 319 347 322 337   -10.5 -2.5 11.1 -15.8 -4.9   -4.66 7
107 Bracketologist Steve Steve     312 336 344 326     -9.5 0.1 6.2 -15.9   -5.24 4
108 Gators First G1       324 332 341       -11.9 -5.8 -0.9   -5.28 3
109 Bracks on Bracks BoB       315 341 339       -20.9 3.2 -2.9   -5.36 3
110 Aidan's Bracketology Aidan   326 323 337 330 329   -0.5 1.5 1.1 -7.8 -12.9   -5.99 5
111 Beef's Bracketology Beef     314 315 334 343     -7.5 -20.9 -3.8 1.1   -6.24 4
112 Schwamp Bracketology SCHW     315 312 331 346     -6.5 -23.9 -6.8 4.1   -6.53 4
113 Eye on the Tournament Eye       338 335 325       2.1 -2.8 -16.9   -7.45 3
114 Crashing the Dance CtD   341 322 352 327 314   14.5 0.5 16.1 -10.8 -27.9   -7.93 13
115 Wilson Rankings WR   328 312 333 341 319   1.5 -9.5 -2.9 3.2 -22.9   -8.53 5
116 Schmolik 64 S64   315 324 331 329 327   -11.5 2.5 -4.9 -8.8 -14.9   -8.73 14
117 T-Ranketology T-Rank     312 352 310 329     -9.5 16.1 -27.8 -12.9   -10.46 4
118 Crotistics CRO   320 327 325 323 328   -6.5 5.5 -10.9 -14.8 -13.9   -10.46 8
119 68&16 College Sportscast 68&16   317 323 336 319 326   -9.5 1.5 0.1 -18.8 -15.9   -10.73 9
120 Bracketville USA BUSA   315 322 320 310 341   -11.5 0.5 -15.9 -27.8 -0.9   -11.59 10
121 Bracket Research Res       322 325 327       -13.9 -12.8 -14.9   -13.95 3
122 Seed Madness Seed   320 303 325 324 324   -6.5 -18.5 -10.9 -13.8 -17.9   -14.73 10
123 ncaabracketology brac   312 294 323 327 326   -14.5 -27.5 -12.9 -10.8 -15.9   -15.39 6
124 TRMD Index TRMD       317 329 322       -18.9 -8.8 -19.9   -15.95 3
125 RTS Ratings RTS     282 307 324 332     -39.5 -28.9 -13.8 -9.9   -19.32 4
126 Bordering on Wisdom BoW   316 287 312 313 333   -10.5 -34.5 -23.9 -24.8 -8.9   -19.66 5
127 College Sports Madness CSM     296 332 315 312     -25.5 -3.9 -22.8 -29.9   -21.67 4
128 First and Fan F&F       300 309 329       -35.9 -28.8 -12.9   -23.95 3
129 KPI Rankings KPI   319 301 305 316 298   -7.5 -20.5 -30.9 -21.8 -43.9   -29.86 6
130 G Money's Sports Page GM   306 305 322 285 309   -20.5 -16.5 -13.9 -52.8 -32.9   -31.39 7
131 Bracketography/Team Rankings TR   301 305 310 297 300   -25.5 -16.5 -25.9 -40.8 -41.9   -33.93 14
132 Real Time RPI Real   319 297 303 296 291   -7.5 -24.5 -32.9 -41.8 -50.9   -38.46 10
133 Numberfire Fire       303 289 295       -32.9 -48.8 -46.9   -44.03 3
                                 
BRACKET NEWBIES - 1-2 of LAST 5 YEARS     2015 2016 2017 2018 2019   2015 2016 2017 2018 2019      
                                 
1 From the Rafters FTR           366           24.1   24.07 1
2 Crazy Sports Dude Crazy         361 353         23.2 11.1   16.48 2
3 DPI Bracketology DPI           357           15.1   15.07 1
4 Cardinaldave's Bracketology CD           356           14.1   14.07 1
5 Top Level Sports TLS           355           13.1   13.07 1
6 Sluder's Bracketology Sluder         350 355         12.2 13.1   12.70 2
7 Sports Burd Burd           354           12.1   12.07 1
8 The Stats Guru Guru           353           11.1   11.07 1
9 Bracketometry Metry         353           11.1   11.07 1
10 Bauertology Bauer           353           11.1   11.07 1
11 The Game Haus Haus         351 350         13.2 8.1   10.37 2
12 729 Bracketology 729           351           9.1   9.07 1
13 NCAA - Andy Katz Katz           351           9.1   9.07 1
14 Anthony's Blog AB         353 343         15.2 1.1   7.37 2
15 OSM Bracketology OSM         348           6.1   6.07 1
16 Seanny P Bracketology SP         343 348         5.2 6.1   5.70 2
17 Sideline Intel Side         335 354         -2.8 12.1   5.48 2
18 Isaac Perrigo's Bracketology IP         336 353         -1.8 11.1   5.37 2
19 The Truth's Bracketology Truth           347           5.1   5.07 1
20 TCW Bracketology TCW         342 346         4.2 4.1   4.14 2
21 College Basketball Big 12 Recaps BXII           346           4.1   4.07 1
22 Full Court Press FCP         345 343         7.2 1.1   3.81 2
23 Hardwood & Hollywood H&H         343 344         5.2 2.1   3.48 2
24 Ryan Tures Bracketology Tures           345           3.1   3.07 1
25 Vorticity Vort           345           3.1   3.07 1
26 Bracket Beyond Beyond         336 348         -1.8 6.1   2.59 2
27 Sharpshot Selections Sharp         343 342         5.2 0.1   2.37 2
28 TheNightVenom Venom           344           2.1   2.07 1
29 AMA Bracketology AMA           343           1.1   1.07 1
30 Risky Sisky Bracketology RS         331 348         -6.8 6.1   0.37 2
31 seeding68 S68           342           0.1   0.07 4
32 Sporting News - Bill Bender SN-BB           342           0.1   0.07 1
33 Power Sports Power           341           -0.9   -0.93 1
34 Pollaski's World PW           341           -0.9   -0.93 1
35 Made for March Made         334 343         -3.8 1.1   -1.08 2
36 JGood Bracketology JGood         326 349         -11.8 7.1   -1.30 2
37 The Pi-Rate Ratings Pi           340           -1.9   -1.93 1
38 The Geek's Bracketology Geek         341 335         3.2 -6.9   -2.41 2
39 Projection Sunday - Cash Cy$           339           -2.9   -2.93 1
40 Busted Bracketology KHB         338 336         0.2 -5.9   -3.19 2
41 The Athletic - Brian Bennett Ath           338           -3.9   -3.93 1
42 Bracket Prophet Prop       346   329       10.1   -12.9   -4.29 2
43 Heartbreak City HBC         333 338         -4.8 -3.9   -4.30 2
44 Let Me Be Frank LMBF           337           -4.9   -4.93 1
45 Deceptive Speed DS           337           -4.9   -4.93 1
46 Bracket Racket Racket         332 337         -5.8 -4.9   -5.30 2
47 Cracked Sidewalks CS           336           -5.9   -5.93 2
48 Crossroads Sports CRS           336           -5.9   -5.93 1
49 Streaking the Lawn Lawn         320 342         -17.8 0.1   -7.86 2
50 Bracket Bingo Bingo         309 350         -28.8 8.1   -8.30 2
51 Bama Expats Bama           332           -9.9   -9.93 1
52 Projecting the Field - Jordan Schwartz Proj68         331 328         -6.8 -13.9   -10.74 7
53 INCC Stats INCC           328           -13.9   -13.93 1
54 FOX Sports - Howie Schwab FOX         322 328         -15.8 -13.9   -14.74 2
55 Bucketz Bracket Blog Bucketz           325           -16.9   -16.93 1
56 Bracketology Busters Busters           323           -18.9   -18.93 1
57 YUSAG Bracketology YUSAG         320 321         -17.8 -20.9   -19.52 2
58 BracketBot Bot           322           -19.9   -19.93 1
59 Sportemind Bracketology Sport         307 321         -30.8 -20.9   -25.30 2
60 Logan's Sports Ratings Logan           314           -27.9   -27.93 1
61 The Bracket Guru BGuru           304           -37.9   -37.93 1
62 NCAAMReview Rev           299           -42.9   -42.93 1
What's this all about?

The Bracket Matrix tries to collect most bracketologists' opinions of how the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament bracket will look like each year.  This page measures how closely each bracketologist matched the work of the selection committee. This emphasizes seeding as much as picking the correct teams in the field.

Using the final results from past matrices, each site was graded based on a scoring system made by Paymon at PHSports.  This rubric awards 3 points for each team correctly picked, 3 points for each team correctly seeded, and 1 point for each team not seeded correctly but within one seed line. With 68 teams, a perfect score is 408.  The variance section of the data table below lists the absolute deviation between each score and the mean for that particular year.  Thus, a 10 point variance means that site's bracket scored 10 points higher than the average bracket that year.

This table only looks at the last 5 years of data rather than all years of the Bracket Matrix. This was done to better compare bracketologists with the most recent set of data, to drop the early years when brackets consisted of 65 teams instead of 68, and to match a real committee member's term of 5 years. A weighted average will be used to emphasize the most recent years. Links to data prior to 2015 can be found on the blog.

Please remember that these are in essence the final exam grades.  The true value of a good bracketologist lies in how much preparation he or she does leading up to the final exam including watching games, making mock brackets, looking at computer rankings, comparing blind resumes, taking questions from ESPN personalities (okay, that's just Lunardi), interacting with the fans to incite debate, and in the end, figuring out how the committee will put together the official bracket.  Of course, in most courses, final exams count the most, so with that being said, here are the results.  Bracketologists have been split into two groups: one group contains sites that have data for at least 3 of the last 5 years.  The second group shows everybody else.  All bracketologists must have submitted a bracket in 2019 to be on this list.
Questions, comments, or mistakes should be mailed to bracketproject@gmail.com