PAST CHAMPIONS

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
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018   2014 2015 2016 2017 2018   MATRIX
AVERAGE   330.3 326.5 321.5 335.9 337.8   1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0      
                 
THE BRACKET MATRIX     336 338 329 341 347   5.7 11.5 7.5 5.1 9.2   7.85 13
                             
BRACKET VETERANS - 3+ YEARS                            
1 Delphi Bracketology Del       351 352 357       29.5 16.1 19.2   20.75 3
2 Bracketville BV   339 347 344 357 357   8.7 20.5 22.5 21.1 19.2   19.85 10
3 Pulse on Sports - Kevin Pulsifer Pulse       333 367 353       11.5 31.1 15.2   19.59 3
4 Warren Nolan WN   331 344 350 348 352   0.7 17.5 28.5 12.1 14.2   16.05 13
5 Syracusefan7's Bracketology SF7   341 335 347 351 350   10.7 8.5 25.5 15.1 12.2   15.05 7
6 One Man Selection Committee OMC     334 341 345 357     7.5 19.5 9.1 19.2   14.72 4
7 Wild Bill's Bracketology Wild   341 337 331 350 358   10.7 10.5 9.5 14.1 20.2   14.52 7
8 Gade Pool Gade     332 336 338 361     5.5 14.5 2.1 23.2   12.79 4
9 HoopsHD - Jon Teitel HHD-JT   340 341 334 353 347   9.7 14.5 12.5 17.1 9.2   12.72 5
10 Inside the Hall- Andy Bottoms Hall   341 334 332 348 354   10.7 7.5 10.5 12.1 16.2   12.45 7
11 1-3-1 Sports 131   340 337 329 339 361   9.7 10.5 7.5 3.1 23.2   12.12 7
12 Kyle Foster's Bracketology Kyle   337 337 330 357 346   6.7 10.5 8.5 21.1 8.2   11.92 7
13 Ruckles Bracketology RB   339 345 324 344 356   8.7 18.5 2.5 8.1 18.2   11.78 5
14 Busting Bracketologists - CJ CJ   338 325 335 347 354   7.7 -1.5 13.5 11.1 16.2   11.38 10
15 Switching the Coverage StC   331 340 340 338 352   0.7 13.5 18.5 2.1 14.2   10.85 6
16 The Athletic - Stewart Mandel Ath     337 343 346 342     10.5 21.5 10.1 4.2   10.50 7
17 The Bracket Project BP   344 325 326 348 353   13.7 -1.5 4.5 12.1 15.2   9.92 13
18 Scott's Bracketology Scott   337 330 324 346 355   6.7 3.5 2.5 10.1 17.2   9.85 7
19 Big Underdog BU   350 332 334 333 356   19.7 5.5 12.5 -2.9 18.2   9.85 7
20 M+J's Bracket Watch MJ   350 337 327 354 341   19.7 10.5 5.5 18.1 3.2   9.72 7
21 VTS Bracketmaker VTS   340 341 325 333 359   9.7 14.5 3.5 -2.9 21.2   9.58 10
22 Busting Brackets Bust       334 341 349       12.5 5.1 11.2   9.50 3
23 LAOJoe's Bracketology Joe   331 330 337 340 352   0.7 3.5 15.5 4.1 14.2   9.45 9
24 The Left Bench TLB     342 331 343 346     15.5 9.5 7.1 8.2   9.22 4
25 Big 12 Basketblog (Nickel Dimer) B12   346 327   339 354   15.7 0.5   3.1 16.2   9.19 4
26 RotoWire BracketZology - Adam Zdroik Roto   320 337 336 345 347   -10.3 10.5 14.5 9.1 9.2   9.12 5
27 TK's Bracket Breakdown (Big Play) BIG   333 334 339 350 339   2.7 7.5 17.5 14.1 1.2   8.85 10
28 The Comeback - Jesse Kramer TCB   334 333 334 349 343   3.7 6.5 12.5 13.1 5.2   8.85 9
29 Bracketological Excellence BE   340 324 331 353 344   9.7 -2.5 9.5 17.1 6.2   8.85 8
30 Bucky's Bracket Bucky   332 342 335 344 343   1.7 15.5 13.5 8.1 5.2   8.78 9
31 Rocco Miller's Bracketology RM   331 335 311 352 354   0.7 8.5 -10.5 16.1 16.2   8.78 6
32 Jabesblog Jabe   341 336 333 347 341   10.7 9.5 11.5 11.1 3.2   8.32 9
33 Yahoo Sports - Brad Evans Yahoo!   336 315 331 346 352   5.7 -11.5 9.5 10.1 14.2   8.18 11
34 Busting the Bracket - Jeff Borzello BtBr   336 338 330 341 347   5.7 11.5 8.5 5.1 9.2   8.05 13
35 Oak Creek's March Madness Oak   333 339 329 338 350   2.7 12.5 7.5 2.1 12.2   7.98 9
36 Graham Doeren Bracketology GDB       331 341 347       9.5 5.1 9.2   7.92 3
37 Bracket Forecast - Rusty Tutton March   328 341 322 340 352   -2.3 14.5 0.5 4.1 14.2   7.72 6
38 Bazinga Bracketology JH   346 334 321 357 338   15.7 7.5 -0.5 21.1 0.2   7.65 9
39 College Sports Vault CSV   349 324 330 348 343   18.7 -2.5 8.5 12.1 5.2   7.58 7
40 This Ain't Bracket Science TABS       333 339 346       11.5 3.1 8.2   7.34 3
41 RSN Bracketology RSN     324 325 335 357     -2.5 3.5 -0.9 19.2   7.00 4
42 Projection Sunday PSun       315 354 344       -6.5 18.1 6.2   7.00 3
43 Blogging the Bracket SBN   346 339 335 339 340   15.7 12.5 13.5 3.1 2.2   6.98 11
44 Bracket Mensa BM   325 333 318 335 360   -5.3 6.5 -3.5 -0.9 22.2   6.98 9
45 Brad-ketology Brad   339 339 333 357 328   8.7 12.5 11.5 21.1 -9.8   6.92 9
46 Brackonomics Brack   328 334 322 343 350   -2.3 7.5 0.5 7.1 12.2   6.92 9
47 Beer's Bracket Beer   342 334 324 341 347   11.7 7.5 2.5 5.1 9.2   6.72 9
48 Brack Attack BA   319 341 324 335 353   -11.3 14.5 2.5 -0.9 15.2   6.52 10
49 The Buffet Buffet   311   338 344 342   -19.3   16.5 8.1 4.2   6.44 4
50 Jason Wells' Bracketology JW   336 325 317 338 357   5.7 -1.5 -4.5 2.1 19.2   6.25 7
51 Best Damn Bracket Period BBP       326 332 353       4.5 -3.9 15.2   6.17 3
52 The Sporting News - Ryan Fagan SN   309 332 322 343 352   -21.3 5.5 0.5 7.1 14.2   6.05 10
53 Primetime Bracketology - Buckeye PTB-B   337 308 336 350 342   6.7 -18.5 14.5 14.1 4.2   6.05 9
54 Sports Illustrated - Michael Beller SI   321 323 342 339 344   -9.3 -3.5 20.5 3.1 6.2   5.92 5
55 Heat Check CBB Heat       331 347 337       9.5 11.1 -0.8   5.75 3
56 BEISketbol BEIS   336 337 334 351 330   5.7 10.5 12.5 15.1 -7.8   5.72 9
57 D1scourse - Patrick Stevens PS   341 336 331 338 341   10.7 9.5 9.5 2.1 3.2   5.52 11
58 M-Sports Fans MSF       288 348 361       -33.5 12.1 23.2   5.34 3
59 The Steelers n'at TSN   334 337 332 337 341   3.7 10.5 10.5 1.1 3.2   5.12 6
60 The Mind of Mike Broman Mind       340 338 337       18.5 2.1 -0.8   5.00 3
61 Feature Presentation Online FPO     338   336 344     11.5   0.1 6.2   4.97 8
62 MAG MAG   330 324 328 339 347   -0.3 -2.5 6.5 3.1 9.2   4.85 13
63 The Big Lead - Jason Lisk Lead   326 333 331 338 343   -4.3 6.5 9.5 2.1 5.2   4.78 6
64 Random Bracket Blog RBB   333 332 325 331 351   2.7 5.5 3.5 -4.9 13.2   4.72 5
65 KY Brackets KY     337 325 330 349     10.5 3.5 -5.9 11.2   4.58 4
66 Ivar's Blog Ivar   337 328 325 340 343   6.7 1.5 3.5 4.1 5.2   4.18 8
67 Your Average College Student YACS   340 331 319 342 342   9.7 4.5 -2.5 6.1 4.2   3.78 5
68 ESPN Bracketology - Joe Lunardi ESPN   339 343 323 329 344   8.7 16.5 1.5 -6.9 6.2   3.32 13
69 Crashing the Dance CtD   336 341 322 352 327   5.7 14.5 0.5 16.1 -10.8   3.12 12
70 Lobofan2003's Bracketology Lobo   333 331 309 332 355   2.7 4.5 -12.5 -3.9 17.2   2.98 10
71 Bradley01 Bracketology BSB1   346 338 320 334 341   15.7 11.5 -1.5 -1.9 3.2   2.85 6
72 Head vs. Gut HvG     342 320 331 344     15.5 -1.5 -4.9 6.2   2.72 4
73 Bracketball Bball   329 335 325 329 346   -1.3 8.5 3.5 -6.9 8.2   2.65 5
74 Bracket WAG WAG   343 321 320 343 340   12.7 -5.5 -1.5 7.1 2.2   2.45 12
75 Drew's Bracketology Drew   332 318 334 342 335   1.7 -8.5 12.5 6.1 -2.8   2.18 5
76 AZ Desert Swarm AZ       319 350 333       -2.5 14.1 -4.8   2.09 3
77 RFS Bracket Science RFS   334 330 314 345 339   3.7 3.5 -7.5 9.1 1.2   2.05 8
78 CU Later Copper CULC       321 333 345       -0.5 -2.9 7.2   1.92 3
79 Kerry Miller's Bracketology BR-KM   341 320 336 321 345   10.7 -6.5 14.5 -14.9 7.2   1.18 8
80 D Ratings DII   316 305 301 346 357   -14.3 -21.5 -20.5 10.1 19.2   1.18 6
81 March Madness 2018 MM18   342 325   344 332   11.7 -1.5   8.1 -5.8   1.03 11
82 CBS Sports - Jerry Palm CBS   325 328 326 330 343   -5.3 1.5 4.5 -5.9 5.2   0.92 12
83 Haslametrics HM       290 348 348       -31.5 12.1 10.2   0.42 3
84 Bracketologist Steve Steve       312 336 344       -9.5 0.1 6.2   0.25 3
85 HoopsHD HHD   321 330 325 337 336   -9.3 3.5 3.5 1.1 -1.8   0.25 6
86 WNUR Sports WNUR     323 317 317 357     -3.5 -4.5 -18.9 19.2   0.00 4
87 Bowman's Bracketology Bow   346 325 334 328 334   15.7 -1.5 12.5 -7.9 -3.8   -0.02 5
88 Professional Realist PR     328 312 339 340     1.5 -9.5 3.1 2.2   -0.14 4
89 Stuck in 1977 1977   330 328 306 337 345   -0.3 1.5 -15.5 1.1 7.2   -0.22 7
90 Crimson Cast CC     327 322 336 335     0.5 0.5 0.1 -2.8   -0.78 8
91 Regan NCAA Tournament Index Regan   326 322 311 342 339   -4.3 -4.5 -10.5 6.1 1.2   -0.95 7
92 Bracksketblogs BKS       305 331 349       -16.5 -4.9 11.2   -1.08 3
93 Primetime Bracketology - HTTV HTTV   344 330   339 328   13.7 3.5   3.1 -9.8   -1.31 8
94 Wilson Rankings WR     328 312 333 341     1.5 -9.5 -2.9 3.2   -1.50 4
95 Carolina Sports Thoughts CST     328 322 342 327     1.5 0.5 6.1 -10.8   -1.78 4
96 All Important Charlie Power 68 CP68     307 319 324 351     -19.5 -2.5 -11.9 13.2   -2.00 4
97 Aidan's Bracketology Aidan     326 323 337 330     -0.5 1.5 1.1 -7.8   -2.21 4
98 Greg Peterson's Bracketology GP   338 305 316 345 332   7.7 -21.5 -5.5 9.1 -5.8   -2.95 5
99 Bitter Birds Birds     326 318 326 339     -0.5 -3.5 -9.9 1.2   -3.21 4
100 Bracketologist3 - Jonathon Warriner B3       316 336 333       -5.5 0.1 -4.8   -3.33 3
101 Bracket Odds Brodd   330 316 319 347 322   -0.3 -10.5 -2.5 11.1 -15.8   -4.22 6
102 Joe Kellogg Bracketology JKB       324 322 336       2.5 -13.9 -1.8   -4.75 3
103 Schmolik 64 S64   327 315 324 331 329   -3.3 -11.5 2.5 -4.9 -8.8   -5.48 13
104 Deuce 2 Sports D2S   318 334 329 326 324   -12.3 7.5 7.5 -9.9 -13.8   -5.55 5
105 College Pride Press - Noah Holley CPP-N       327 323 331       5.5 -12.9 -6.8   -5.75 3
106 68&16 College Sportscast 68&16   349 317 323 336 319   18.7 -9.5 1.5 0.1 -18.8   -5.95 8
107 Crotistics Cro   348 320 327 325 323   17.7 -6.5 5.5 -10.9 -14.8   -6.42 7
108 Bracket Predictions BrP   329 306 331 335 317   -1.3 -20.5 9.5 -0.9 -20.8   -8.08 13
109 Blacketology black   340 326 323 331 314   9.7 -0.5 1.5 -4.9 -23.8   -8.35 7
110 T-Ranketology T-Rank       312 352 310       -9.5 16.1 -27.8   -8.58 3
111 Beef's Bracketology Beef       314 315 334       -7.5 -20.9 -3.8   -10.41 3
112 Schwamp Bracketology SCHW       315 312 331       -6.5 -23.9 -6.8   -12.41 3
113 Man with a Spreadsheet Man   327 327 312 331 310   -3.3 0.5 -9.5 -4.9 -27.8   -12.62 6
114 Seed Madness Seed   319 320 303 325 324   -11.3 -6.5 -18.5 -10.9 -13.8   -12.82 9
115 ncaabracketology brac   332 312 294 323 327   1.7 -14.5 -27.5 -12.9 -10.8   -14.35 5
116 Bracketville USA BUSA   316 315 322 320 310   -14.3 -11.5 0.5 -15.9 -27.8   -15.88 9
117 Alex's Bubble Watch Alex       305 334 311       -16.5 -1.9 -26.8   -15.91 3
118 College Sports Madness CSM       296 332 315       -25.5 -3.9 -22.8   -17.16 3
119 TD Brackets TD     318 314 322 302     -8.5 -7.5 -13.9 -35.8   -19.57 4
120 Daily Bracket DB   329 322 310 322 292   -1.3 -4.5 -11.5 -13.9 -45.8   -21.95 9
121 The Amateur Bracketologist TAB   329 304 296 316 310   -1.3 -22.5 -25.5 -19.9 -27.8   -22.75 6
122 KPI Rankings KPI   295 319 301 305 316   -35.3 -7.5 -20.5 -30.9 -21.8   -22.95 5
123 Bordering on Wisdom BoW     316 287 312 313     -10.5 -34.5 -23.9 -24.8   -24.57 4
124 RTS Ratings RTS       282 307 324       -39.5 -28.9 -13.8   -25.25 3
125 G Money's Sports Page GM   309 306 305 322 285   -21.3 -20.5 -16.5 -13.9 -52.8   -28.75 6
126 Bracketography/Team Rankings TR   302 301 305 310 297   -28.3 -25.5 -16.5 -25.9 -40.8   -29.08 13
127 Real Time RPI Real   312 319 297 303 296   -18.3 -7.5 -24.5 -32.9 -41.8   -29.82 9
                                 
BRACKET NEWBIES - 1-2 of LAST 5 YEARS     2014 2015 2016 2017 2018   2014 2015 2016 2017 2018      
                                 
1 Crazy Sports Dude Crazy           361           23.2   23.24 1
2 Jacob Stallard's Bracketology JS         357 358         21.1 20.2   20.62 2
3 Facts and Bracks F&B         356 351         20.1 13.2   16.29 5
4 Anthony's Blog AB           353           15.2   15.24 1
5 The Game Haus Haus           351           13.2   13.24 1
6 Sluder's Bracketology Sluder           350           12.2   12.24 1
7 College Sports Coverage CSC         337 356         1.1 18.2   10.62 2
8 Bracket Bros Bros         344 349         8.1 11.2   9.85 2
9 Selje's Bracketology Selje       339 352         3.1 14.2   9.29 2
10 isportsweb - Jordan Eccleston ISW         341 349         5.1 11.2   8.51 2
11 The 17th Seed 17th         336 353         0.1 15.2   8.51 2
12 Boiling the Bracket Boil         348 343         12.1 5.2   8.29 2
13 Full Court Press FCP           345           7.2   7.24 1
14 Half Court Heave HCH           345           7.2   7.24 1
15 Weber's Bracketology Weber       333 353         -2.9 15.2   7.18 2
16 Hind's Bracketology Hind         348 339         12.1 1.2   6.07 2
17 No Perfect Bracket NPB         338 346         2.1 8.2   5.51 2
18 Mondays are for Bracketology Mon         344 341         8.1 3.2   5.40 2
19 Hardwood & Hollywood H&H           343           5.2   5.24 1
20 LIL10's Bracketology LIL10           343           5.2   5.24 1
21 Seanny P Bracketology SP           343           5.2   5.24 1
22 Sharpshot Selections Sharp           343           5.2   5.24 1
23 RaleighWX's Bracketology RWX         338 344         2.1 6.2   4.40 2
24 TCW Bracketology TCW           342           4.2   4.24 1
25 Spidey's Bracket Spidey         328 350         -7.9 12.2   3.29 2
26 The Geek's Bracketology Geek           341           3.2   3.24 1
27 rcerulo's Bracketology Cerulo         343 334         7.1 -3.8   1.07 2
28 Busted Bracketology KHB           338           0.2   0.24 1
29 Eye on the Tournament Eye         338 335         2.1 -2.8   -0.60 2
30 College Pride Press - Brett Siegel CPP-B           337           -0.8   -0.76 1
31 Bracket Beyond Beyond           336           -1.8   -1.76 1
32 Isaac Perrigo's Bracketology IP           336           -1.8   -1.76 1
33 Sideline Intel Side           335           -2.8   -2.76 1
34 Made for March Made           334           -3.8   -3.76 1
35 Heartbreak City HBC           333           -4.8   -4.76 1
36 CBS Connecticut - Mike Bachini CBSCT         325 337         -10.9 -0.8   -5.27 2
37 Camp Burt Burt         332 331         -3.9 -6.8   -5.49 2
38 Bracket Racket 683494504 Racket           332           -5.8   -5.76 1
39 Projecting the Field - Jordan Schwartz Proj68           331           -6.8   -6.76 6
40 Risky Sisky Bracketology RS           331           -6.8   -6.76 1
41 Bracks on Bracks BoB         315 341         -20.9 3.2   -7.49 2
42 Gators First G1         324 332         -11.9 -5.8   -8.49 2
43 Bracket Zac Zac         324 331         -11.9 -6.8   -9.04 2
44 Big Baller Brackets Baller           328           -9.8   -9.76 1
45 DieHards - Eric Yates DH           327           -10.8   -10.76 1
46 JGood Bracketology JGood           326           -11.8   -11.76 1
47 Bracket Research Res         322 325         -13.9 -12.8   -13.27 2
48 TRMD Index TRMD         317 329         -18.9 -8.8   -13.27 2
49 FOX Sports - Howie Schwab FOX           322           -15.8   -15.76 1
50 Tourney Worthy TW           322           -15.8   -15.76 1
51 Streaking the Lawn Lawn           320           -17.8   -17.76 1
52 YUSAG Bracketology YUSAG           320           -17.8   -17.76 1
53 November to MADNESS! - Deacon Drake DD         321 314         -14.9 -23.8   -19.82 2
54 Evan's Bracketology Evan           317           -20.8   -20.76 1
55 Eye on March EoM           312           -25.8   -25.76 1
56 Bracket Bingo Bingo           309           -28.8   -28.76 1
57 Sportemind Bracketology Sport           307           -30.8   -30.76 1
58 First and Fan F&F         300 309         -35.9 -28.8   -31.93 2
59 Numberfire Fire         303 289         -32.9 -48.8   -41.71 2
60 Martin Matrix MM           259           -78.8   -78.76 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. New in 2018 is that a weighted average will be used to emphasize the most recent years. Links to data prior to 2014 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 2018 to be on this list.
Questions, comments, or mistakes should be mailed to bracketproject@gmail.com