PAST CHAMPIONS

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 AVG YEARS IN
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017   2013 2014 2015 2016 2017   MATRIX
AVERAGE   323.5 330.3 326.5 321.5 335.9                  
                           
THE BRACKET MATRIX     346 336 338 329 341   22.5 5.7 11.5 7.5 5.1   10.46 12
                             
BRACKET VETERANS - 3+ YEARS                            
1 Bracketville BV   326 339 347 344 357   2.5 8.7 20.5 22.5 21.1   15.06 9
2 FOX Sports - Stewart Mandel FOX       337 343 346       10.5 21.5 10.1   14.03 6
3 Syracusefan7's Bracketology SF7   331 341 335 347 351   7.5 10.7 8.5 25.5 15.1   13.46 6
4 HoopsHD - Jon Teitel HHD-JT     340 341 334 353     9.7 14.5 12.5 17.1   13.44 4
5 Jabesblog Jabe   344 341 336 333 347   20.5 10.7 9.5 11.5 11.1   12.66 8
6 One Man Selection Committee OMC       334 341 345       7.5 19.5 9.1   12.03 3
7 Warren Nolan WN   322 331 344 350 348   -1.5 0.7 17.5 28.5 12.1   11.46 12
8 Wild Bill's Bracketology Wild   336 341 337 331 350   12.5 10.7 10.5 9.5 14.1   11.46 6
9 Assembly Call - Andy Bottoms AC   339 341 334 332 348   15.5 10.7 7.5 10.5 12.1   11.26 6
10 The Left Bench TLB       342 331 343       15.5 9.5 7.1   10.70 3
11 Kyle Foster's Bracketology Kyle   329 337 337 330 357   5.5 6.7 10.5 8.5 21.1   10.46 6
12 M+J's Bracket Watch MJ   322 350 337 327 354   -1.5 19.7 10.5 5.5 18.1   10.46 6
13 Switching the Coverage StC   341 331 340 340 338   17.5 0.7 13.5 18.5 2.1   10.46 5
14 Brad-ketology Brad   321 339 339 333 357   -2.5 8.7 12.5 11.5 21.1   10.26 8
15 TK's Bracket Breakdown (Big Play) BIG   332 333 334 339 350   8.5 2.7 7.5 17.5 14.1   10.06 9
16 Blogging the Bracket SBN   328 346 339 335 339   4.5 15.7 12.5 13.5 3.1   9.86 10
17 Busting Bracketologists - CJ CJ   342 338 325 335 347   18.5 7.7 -1.5 13.5 11.1   9.86 9
18 Bazinga Bracketology JH   329 346 334 321 357   5.5 15.7 7.5 -0.5 21.1   9.86 8
19 1-3-1 Sports 131   342 340 337 329 339   18.5 9.7 10.5 7.5 3.1   9.86 6
20 Ruckles Bracketology RB     339 345 324 344     8.7 18.5 2.5 8.1   9.44 4
21 Oak Creek's March Madness Oak   343 333 339 329 338   19.5 2.7 12.5 7.5 2.1   8.86 8
22 Feature Presentation Online FPO   336   338   336   12.5   11.5   0.1   8.05 7
23 Primetime Bracketology - HTTV HTTV   335 344 330   339   11.5 13.7 3.5   3.1   7.96 7
24 Crashing the Dance CtD   326 336 341 322 352   2.5 5.7 14.5 0.5 16.1   7.86 11
25 Busting the Bracket - Jeff Borzello BtBr   331 336 338 330 341   7.5 5.7 11.5 8.5 5.1   7.66 12
26 BEISketbol BEIS   318 336 337 334 351   -5.5 5.7 10.5 12.5 15.1   7.66 8
27 Bucky's Bracket Bucky   322 332 342 335 344   -1.5 1.7 15.5 13.5 8.1   7.46 8
28 Gade Pool Gade       332 336 338       5.5 14.5 2.1   7.37 3
29 The Quantitative Prognosticator QP   320 331     360   -3.5 0.7     24.1   7.10 5
30 Scott's Bracketology Scott   336 337 330 324 346   12.5 6.7 3.5 2.5 10.1   7.06 6
31 Big Underdog BU   324 350 332 334 333   0.5 19.7 5.5 12.5 -2.9   7.06 6
32 D1scourse - Patrick Stevens PS   326 341 336 331 338   2.5 10.7 9.5 9.5 2.1   6.86 10
33 Beer's Bracket Beer     342 334 324 341     11.7 7.5 2.5 5.1   6.69 8
34 The Comeback - Jesse Kramer TCB   321 334 333 334 349   -2.5 3.7 6.5 12.5 13.1   6.66 8
35 March Madness 2017 MM17   331 342 325   344   7.5 11.7 -1.5   8.1   6.46 10
36 The Nickel Dimer ND     346 327   339     15.7 0.5   3.1   6.44 3
37 BracketZology - Adam Zdroik BZ     320 337 336 345     -10.3 10.5 14.5 9.1   5.94 4
38 College Sports Vault CSV   316 349 324 330 348   -7.5 18.7 -2.5 8.5 12.1   5.86 6
39 Bradley01 Bracketology BSB1   329 346 338 320 334   5.5 15.7 11.5 -1.5 -1.9   5.86 5
40 ESPN Bracketology - Joe Lunardi ESPN   330 339 343 323 329   6.5 8.7 16.5 1.5 -6.9   5.26 12
41 Primetime Bracketology - Buckeye PTB-B   333 337 308 336 350   9.5 6.7 -18.5 14.5 14.1   5.26 8
42 Bracketological Excellence BE   316 340 324 331 353   -7.5 9.7 -2.5 9.5 17.1   5.26 7
43 LAOJoe's Bracketology Joe   324 331 330 337 340   0.5 0.7 3.5 15.5 4.1   4.86 8
44 The Steelers n'at TSN   322 334 337 332 337   -1.5 3.7 10.5 10.5 1.1   4.86 5
45 Bowman's Bracketology Bow     346 325 334 328     15.7 -1.5 12.5 -7.9   4.69 4
46 The Bracket Project BP   318 344 325 326 348   -5.5 13.7 -1.5 4.5 12.1   4.66 12
47 RFS Bracket Science RFS   338 334 330 314 345   14.5 3.7 3.5 -7.5 9.1   4.66 7
48 MAG MAG   339 330 324 328 339   15.5 -0.3 -2.5 6.5 3.1   4.46 12
49 VDG Bracket Prediction VDG   329 338 335 319 339   5.5 7.7 8.5 -2.5 3.1   4.46 5
50 Your Average College Student YACS     340 331 319 342     9.7 4.5 -2.5 6.1   4.44 4
51 Ivar's Blog Ivar   329 337 328 325 340   5.5 6.7 1.5 3.5 4.1   4.26 7
52 VTS Bracketmaker VTS   319 340 341 325 333   -4.5 9.7 14.5 3.5 -2.9   4.06 9
53 Brackonomics Brack   330 328 334 322 343   6.5 -2.3 7.5 0.5 7.1   3.86 8
54 Kentucky Sports Online KSO   318 337 333 331 338   -5.5 6.7 6.5 9.5 2.1   3.86 7
55 68&16 College Sportscast 68&16   331 349 317 323 336   7.5 18.7 -9.5 1.5 0.1   3.66 7
56 Yahoo Sports - Brad Evans Yahoo   326 336 315 331 346   2.5 5.7 -11.5 9.5 10.1   3.26 10
57 Head vs. Gut HvG       342 320 331       15.5 -1.5 -4.9   3.03 3
58 Drew's Bracketology Drew     332 318 334 342     1.7 -8.5 12.5 6.1   2.94 4
59 KY Brackets KY       337 325 330       10.5 3.5 -5.9   2.70 3
60 Carolina Sports Thoughts CST       328 322 342       1.5 0.5 6.1   2.70 3
61 Sports Illustrated - Michael Beller SI     321 323 342 339     -9.3 -3.5 20.5 3.1   2.69 4
62 Bracket WAG WAG   324 343 321 320 343   0.5 12.7 -5.5 -1.5 7.1   2.66 11
63 Blacketology black   330 340 326 323 331   6.5 9.7 -0.5 1.5 -4.9   2.46 6
64 Jason Wells' Bracketology JW   332 336 325 317 338   8.5 5.7 -1.5 -4.5 2.1   2.06 6
65 The Buffet Buffet     311   338 344     -19.3   16.5 8.1   1.75 3
66 Random Bracket Blog RBB     333 332 325 331     2.7 5.5 3.5 -4.9   1.69 4
67 Bracket Dance - Rusty Tutton March   315 328 341 322 340   -8.5 -2.3 14.5 0.5 4.1   1.66 5
68 Rocco Miller's Bracketology RM   317 331 335 311 352   -6.5 0.7 8.5 -10.5 16.1   1.66 5
69 Basketball Predictions BaP   330 324 340 325 325   6.5 -6.3 13.5 3.5 -10.9   1.26 11
70 Kerry Miller's Bracketology BR-KM   325 341 320 336 321   1.5 10.7 -6.5 14.5 -14.9   1.06 7
71 Bracketball Bball     329 335 325 329     -1.3 8.5 3.5 -6.9   0.94 4
72 Aidan's Bracketology Aidan       326 323 337       -0.5 1.5 1.1   0.70 3
73 Bracket Mensa BM   330 325 333 318 335   6.5 -5.3 6.5 -3.5 -0.9   0.66 8
74 The Big Lead - Jason Lisk Lead   313 326 333 331 338   -10.5 -4.3 6.5 9.5 2.1   0.66 5
75 RSN Bracketology RSN       324 325 335       -2.5 3.5 -0.9   0.03 3
76 Crimson Cast CC   322   327 322 336   -1.5   0.5 0.5 0.1   -0.09 7
77 Lobofan2003's Bracketology Lobo   330 333 331 309 332   6.5 2.7 4.5 -12.5 -3.9   -0.54 9
78 Schmolik 64 S64   337 327 315 324 331   13.5 -3.3 -11.5 2.5 -4.9   -0.74 12
79 Stuck in 1977 1977   333 330 328 306 337   9.5 -0.3 1.5 -15.5 1.1   -0.74 6
80 Bracket Odds Brodd   322 330 316 319 347   -1.5 -0.3 -10.5 -2.5 11.1   -0.74 5
81 Runner on Fifth RoF       330 313 338       3.5 -8.5 2.1   -0.97 3
82 CBS Sports - Jerry Palm CBS   322 325 328 326 330   -1.5 -5.3 1.5 4.5 -5.9   -1.34 11
83 Regan NCAA Tournament Index Regan   330 326 322 311 342   6.5 -4.3 -4.5 -10.5 6.1   -1.34 6
84 Professional Realist PR       328 312 339       1.5 -9.5 3.1   -1.63 3
85 Deuce 2 Sports D2S     318 334 329 326     -12.3 7.5 7.5 -9.9   -1.81 4
86 Brack Attack BA   309 319 341 324 335   -14.5 -11.3 14.5 2.5 -0.9   -1.94 9
87 The Sporting News - Ryan Fagan SN   322 309 332 322 343   -1.5 -21.3 5.5 0.5 7.1   -1.94 9
88 Greg Peterson - 750 the Game GP     338 305 316 345     7.7 -21.5 -5.5 9.1   -2.56 4
89 HoopsHD HHD   311 321 330 325 337   -12.5 -9.3 3.5 3.5 1.1   -2.74 5
90 Crotistics Cro   302 348 320 327 325   -21.5 17.7 -6.5 5.5 -10.9   -3.14 6
91 Brackets, Brackets, Brackets! BBB!       316 319 339       -10.5 -2.5 3.1   -3.30 3
92 Wilson Rankings WR       328 312 333       1.5 -9.5 -2.9   -3.63 3
93 Bracket Predictions BrP   315 329 306 331 335   -8.5 -1.3 -20.5 9.5 -0.9   -4.34 12
94 Man with a Spreadsheet Man   318 327 327 312 331   -5.5 -3.3 0.5 -9.5 -4.9   -4.54 5
95 Bitter Birds Birds       326 318 326       -0.5 -3.5 -9.9   -4.63 3
96 New York Daily News - Ian Powers NYDN       326 304 330       -0.5 -17.5 -5.9   -7.97 3
97 Daily Bracket DB   314 329 322 310 322   -9.5 -1.3 -4.5 -11.5 -13.9   -8.14 8
98 Badger Nation/Scout - Kyle Reichert BN     317 312 315 336     -13.3 -14.5 -6.5 0.1   -8.56 4
99 Method to the Madness M2M       323 317 317       -3.5 -4.5 -18.9   -8.97 3
100 Bracketville USA BUSA   318 316 315 322 320   -5.5 -14.3 -11.5 0.5 -15.9   -9.34 8
101 Seed Madness Seed   322 319 320 303 325   -1.5 -11.3 -6.5 -18.5 -10.9   -9.74 8
102 TD Brackets TD       318 314 322       -8.5 -7.5 -13.9   -9.97 3
103 All Important Charlie Power 68 CP68       307 319 324       -19.5 -2.5 -11.9   -11.30 3
104 D Ratings DII   311 316 305 301 346   -12.5 -14.3 -21.5 -20.5 10.1   -11.74 5
105 ncaabracketology brac     332 312 294 323     1.7 -14.5 -27.5 -12.9   -13.31 4
106 G Money's Sports Page GM   325 309 306 305 322   1.5 -21.3 -20.5 -16.5 -13.9   -14.14 5
107 March Madness 365 MM365       314 295 327       -12.5 -26.5 -8.9   -15.97 3
108 The Amateur Bracketologist TAB   311 329 304 296 316   -12.5 -1.3 -22.5 -25.5 -19.9   -16.34 5
109 Real Time RPI Real   308 312 319 297 303   -15.5 -18.3 -7.5 -24.5 -32.9   -19.74 8
110 Bordering on Wisdom BoW       316 287 312       -10.5 -34.5 -23.9   -22.97 3
111 Team Rankings TR   304 302 301 305 310   -19.5 -28.3 -25.5 -16.5 -25.9   -23.14 12
112 KPI Rankings KPI     295 319 301 305     -35.3 -7.5 -20.5 -30.9   -23.56 4
113 nropp.com nropp   305 304 312 287 301   -18.5 -26.3 -14.5 -34.5 -34.9   -25.74 5
                                 
BRACKET NEWBIES - 1-2 of LAST 5 YEARS     2013 2014 2015 2016 2017   2013 2014 2015 2016 2017      
                                 
1 Delphi Bracketology Del         351 352         29.5 16.1   22.79 2
2 Pulse on Sports - Kevin Pulsifer Pulse         333 367         11.5 31.1   21.29 2
3 College Town 24/7 Town           357           21.1   21.11 1
4 Jacob Stallard's Bracketology JS           357           21.1   21.11 1
5 Facts and Bracks F&B           356           20.1   20.11 4
6 Boiling the Bracket Boil           348           12.1   12.11 1
7 Hinderman Bracketology Hind           348           12.1   12.11 1
8 Heat Check CBB Heat       331 347         9.5 11.1   10.29 2
9 The Mind of Mike Broman Mind         340 338         18.5 2.1   10.29 2
10 Bracket Prophet Prop           346           10.1   10.11 1
11 Busting Brackets Bust         334 341         12.5 5.1   8.79 2
12 Bracket Bros Bros           344           8.1   8.11 1
13 Mondays are for Bracketology Mon           344           8.1   8.11 1
14 Graham Doeren Bracketology GDB       331 341         9.5 5.1   7.29 2
15 This Ain't Bracket Science TABS         333 339         11.5 3.1   7.29 2
16 rcerulo's Bracketology Cerulo           343           7.1   7.11 1
17 AZ Desert Swarm AZ         319 350         -2.5 14.1   5.79 2
18 Projection Sunday PSun         315 354         -6.5 18.1   5.79 2
19 isportsweb - Jordan Eccleston ISW           341           5.1   5.11 1
20 Jamie Elliott's Bracketology JE         316 351         -5.5 15.1   4.79 2
21 T-Ranketology T-Rank         312 352         -9.5 16.1   3.29 2
22 Newsday - Ari Kramer News           339           3.1   3.11 1
23 Selje's Bracketology Selje           339           3.1   3.11 1
24 Eye on the Tournament Eye           338           2.1   2.11 1
25 No Perfect Bracket NPB           338           2.1   2.11 1
26 RaleighWX's Bracketology RWX           338           2.1   2.11 1
27 College Sports Coverage CSC           337           1.1   1.11 1
28 Best Damn Bracket Period BBP         326 332         4.5 -3.9   0.29 2
29 The 17th Seed 17th           336           0.1   0.11 1
30 CU Later Copper CULC         321 333         -0.5 -2.9   -1.71 2
31 Bracketologist3 - Jonathon Warriner B3         316 336         -5.5 0.1   -2.71 2
32 The Bracket Blog TBB           333           -2.9   -2.89 3
33 Weber's Bracketology Weber           333           -2.9   -2.89 1
34 College Pride Press - Noah Holley CPP-N         327 323         5.5 -12.9   -3.71 2
35 Camp Burt Burt           332           -3.9   -3.89 1
36 Bracketologist Steve Steve         312 336         -9.5 0.1   -4.71 2
37 Andshock Tries Brackets ASTB         321 325         -0.5 -10.9   -5.71 2
38 Joe Kellogg Bracketology JKB         324 322         2.5 -13.9   -5.71 2
39 Spidey's Bracket Spidey           328           -7.9   -7.89 1
40 Alex's Bubble Watch Alex         305 334         -16.5 -1.9   -9.21 2
41 Haslametrics HM         290 348         -31.5 12.1   -9.71 2
42 Bracksketblogs BKS         305 331         -16.5 -4.9   -10.71 2
43 M-Sports Fans MSF         288 348         -33.5 12.1   -10.71 2
44 CBS Connecticut - Mike Bachini CBSCT           325           -10.9   -10.89 1
45 College Hoops Hub Hub           325           -10.9   -10.89 1
46 Bracket Zac Zac           324           -11.9   -11.89 1
47 Gators First G1           324           -11.9   -11.89 1
48 Bracket Research Res           322           -13.9   -13.89 1
49 Beef's Bracketology Beef         314 315         -7.5 -20.9   -14.21 2
50 College Sports Madness CSM         296 332         -25.5 -3.9   -14.71 2
51 Hoopsville - Inside Tennessee HV           321           -14.9   -14.89 1
52 November to MADNESS! - Deacon Drake DD           321           -14.9   -14.89 1
53 Schwamp Bracketology SCHW         315 312         -6.5 -23.9   -15.21 2
54 Armchair All-Americans Arm           320           -15.9   -15.89 1
55 TRMD Index TRMD           317           -18.9   -18.89 1
56 Bracks on Bracks BoB           315           -20.9   -20.89 1
57 Numberfire Fire           303           -32.9   -32.89 1
58 RTS Ratings RTS         282 307         -39.5 -28.9   -34.21 2
59 First and Fan F&F           300           -35.9   -35.89 1
60 Sportsmanteaux SMT         293 288         -28.5 -47.9   -38.21 2
61 Massey Ratings MR           276           -59.9   -59.89 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. Links to data prior to 2013 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 2017 to be on this list.
Questions, comments, or mistakes should be mailed to bracketproject@gmail.com