PAST CHAMPIONS

2016 - Delphi Bracketology
2015 - Bracketville
2014 - Big Underdog/M+J's Bracket Watch
2013 - Jabesblog
2012 - Lobofan2003's Bracketology
2011 - FOX Sports (Jordan Schwartz)
2010 - Bracketville/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
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016   2012 2013 2014 2015 2016   MATRIX
327.2 323.5 330.3 326.5 321.5   327.2 323.5 330.3 326.5 321.5      
                           
THE BRACKET MATRIX     342 346 336 338 329   14.8 22.5 5.7 11.5 7.5   12.39 11
                             
BRACKET VETERANS - 3 YEARS or MORE                            
1 Assembly Call - Andy Bottoms AC   348 339 341 334 332   20.8 15.5 10.7 7.5 10.5   12.99 5
2 Switching the Coverage StC     341 331 340 340     17.5 0.7 13.5 18.5   12.55 4
3 HoopsHD - Jon Teitel HHD-JT       340 341 334       9.7 14.5 12.5   12.22 3
4 Syracusefan7's Bracketology SF7   336 331 341 335 347   8.8 7.5 10.7 8.5 25.5   12.19 5
5 1-3-1 Sports 131   340 342 340 337 329   12.8 18.5 9.7 10.5 7.5   11.79 5
6 Bracketville BV   327 326 339 347 344   -0.2 2.5 8.7 20.5 22.5   10.79 8
7 Oak Creek's March Madness Oak   335 343 333 339 329   7.8 19.5 2.7 12.5 7.5   9.99 7
8 Kyle Foster's Bracketology Kyle   346 329 337 337 330   18.8 5.5 6.7 10.5 8.5   9.99 5
9 Ruckles Bracketology RB       339 345 324       8.7 18.5 2.5   9.89 3
10 Bazinga Bracketology JH   346 329 346 334 321   18.8 5.5 15.7 7.5 -0.5   9.39 7
11 D1scourse - Patrick Stevens PS   341 326 341 336 331   13.8 2.5 10.7 9.5 9.5   9.19 9
12 Jabesblog Jabe   321 344 341 336 333   -6.2 20.5 10.7 9.5 11.5   9.19 7
13 Bowman's Bracketology Bow       346 325 334       15.7 -1.5 12.5   8.89 3
14 Blogging the Bracket SBN   325 328 346 339 335   -2.2 4.5 15.7 12.5 13.5   8.79 9
15 Warren Nolan WN   325 322 331 344 350   -2.2 -1.5 0.7 17.5 28.5   8.59 11
16 M+J's Bracket Watch MJ   336 322 350 337 327   8.8 -1.5 19.7 10.5 5.5   8.59 5
17 Busting Bracketologists - CJ CJ   331 342 338 325 335   3.8 18.5 7.7 -1.5 13.5   8.39 8
18 Wild Bill's Bracketology Wild   326 336 341 337 331   -1.2 12.5 10.7 10.5 9.5   8.39 5
19 TK's Bracket Breakdown BBB   332 332 333 334 339   4.8 8.5 2.7 7.5 17.5   8.19 8
20 Scott's Bracketology Scott   343 336 337 330 324   15.8 12.5 6.7 3.5 2.5   8.19 5
21 Bradley01 Bracketology BSB1     329 346 338 320     5.5 15.7 11.5 -1.5   7.80 4
22 ESPN Bracketology - Joe Lunardi ESPN   332 330 339 343 323   4.8 6.5 8.7 16.5 1.5   7.59 11
23 Big Underdog BU   327 324 350 332 334   -0.2 0.5 19.7 5.5 12.5   7.59 5
24 Beer's Bracket Beer   333   342 334 324   5.8   11.7 7.5 2.5   6.87 7
25 Busting the Bracket - Jeff Borzello BtBr   328 331 336 338 330   0.8 7.5 5.7 11.5 8.5   6.79 11
26 Kentucky Sports Online KSO   344 318 337 333 331   16.8 -5.5 6.7 6.5 9.5   6.79 6
27 Brad-ketology Brad   329 321 339 339 333   1.8 -2.5 8.7 12.5 11.5   6.39 7
28 MAG MAG   338 339 330 324 328   10.8 15.5 -0.3 -2.5 6.5   5.99 11
29 BEISketbol BEIS   334 318 336 337 334   6.8 -5.5 5.7 10.5 12.5   5.99 7
30 The Steelers n'at TSN     322 334 337 332     -1.5 3.7 10.5 10.5   5.80 4
31 Bucky's Bracket Bucky   326 322 332 342 335   -1.2 -1.5 1.7 15.5 13.5   5.59 7
32 BracketZology - Adam Zdroik BZ       320 337 336       -10.3 10.5 14.5   4.89 3
33 VDG Bracket Prediction VDG     329 338 335 319     5.5 7.7 8.5 -2.5   4.80 4
34 Lobofan2003's Bracketology Lobo   350 330 333 331 309   22.8 6.5 2.7 4.5 -12.5   4.79 8
35 LAOJoe's Bracketology Joe   331 324 331 330 337   3.8 0.5 0.7 3.5 15.5   4.79 7
36 The Catch & Shoot - Jesse Kramer C&S   331 321 334 333 334   3.8 -2.5 3.7 6.5 12.5   4.79 7
37 VTS Bracketmaker VTS   325 319 340 341 325   -2.2 -4.5 9.7 14.5 3.5   4.19 8
38 Brackonomics Brack   335 330 328 334 322   7.8 6.5 -2.3 7.5 0.5   3.99 7
39 Blacketology blac   330 330 340 326 323   2.8 6.5 9.7 -0.5 1.5   3.99 5
40 Your Average College Student YACS       340 331 319       9.7 4.5 -2.5   3.89 3
41 Random Bracket Blog RBB       333 332 325       2.7 5.5 3.5   3.89 3
42 Primetime Bracketology - Buckeye PTB-B   334 333 337 308 336   6.8 9.5 6.7 -18.5 14.5   3.79 7
43 68&16 College Sportscast 68&16   327 331 349 317 323   -0.2 7.5 18.7 -9.5 1.5   3.59 6
44 Bracketball Bball       329 335 325       -1.3 8.5 3.5   3.56 3
45 The Sports Bank TSB   326 334 340 327 319   -1.2 10.5 9.7 0.5 -2.5   3.39 7
46 Bracket WAG WAG   337 324 343 321 320   9.8 0.5 12.7 -5.5 -1.5   3.19 10
47 Crashing the Dance CtD   318 326 336 341 322   -9.2 2.5 5.7 14.5 0.5   2.79 10
48 Sports Illustrated - Michael Beller SI       321 323 342       -9.3 -3.5 20.5   2.56 3
49 Schmolik 64 S64   338 337 327 315 324   10.8 13.5 -3.3 -11.5 2.5   2.39 11
50 Yahoo Sports - Brad Evans Yahoo   333 326 336 315 331   5.8 2.5 5.7 -11.5 9.5   2.39 9
51 Ivar's Blog Ivar   322 329 337 328 325   -5.2 5.5 6.7 1.5 3.5   2.39 6
52 Basketball Predictions BaP   321 330 324 340 325   -6.2 6.5 -6.3 13.5 3.5   2.19 10
53 Drew's Bracketology Drew       332 318 334       1.7 -8.5 12.5   1.89 3
54 College Sports Vault CSV   319 316 349 324 330   -8.2 -7.5 18.7 -2.5 8.5   1.79 5
55 Bracket Dance - Rusty Tutton March     315 328 341 322     -8.5 -2.3 14.5 0.5   1.05 4
56 Deuce 2 Sports D2S       318 334 329       -12.3 7.5 7.5   0.89 3
57 Kerry Miller's Bracketology BR-KM   310 325 341 320 336   -17.2 1.5 10.7 -6.5 14.5   0.59 6
58 Jason Wells' Bracketology JW   321 332 336 325 317   -6.2 8.5 5.7 -1.5 -4.5   0.39 5
59 The Big Lead - Jason Lisk Lead     313 326 333 331     -10.5 -4.3 6.5 9.5   0.30 4
60 The Bracket Project BP   317 318 344 325 326   -10.2 -5.5 13.7 -1.5 4.5   0.19 11
61 CBS Sports - Jerry Palm CBS   329 322 325 328 326   1.8 -1.5 -5.3 1.5 4.5   0.19 10
62 Crimson Cast CC   327 322   327 322   -0.2 -1.5   0.5 0.5   -0.18 6
63 Brack Attack BA   335 309 319 341 324   7.8 -14.5 -11.3 14.5 2.5   -0.21 8
64 Bracketological Excellence BE   315 316 340 324 331   -12.2 -7.5 9.7 -2.5 9.5   -0.61 6
65 Stuck in 1977 1977   329 333 330 328 306   1.8 9.5 -0.3 1.5 -15.5   -0.61 5
66 RFS Bracket Science RFS   307 338 334 330 314   -20.2 14.5 3.7 3.5 -7.5   -1.21 6
67 Bracket Mensa BM   316 330 325 333 318   -11.2 6.5 -5.3 6.5 -3.5   -1.41 7
68 Rocco Miller's Bracketology RM     317 331 335 311     -6.5 0.7 8.5 -10.5   -1.95 4
69 Crotistics Cro   322 302 348 320 327   -5.2 -21.5 17.7 -6.5 5.5   -2.01 5
70 Regan NCAA Tournament Index Regan   325 330 326 322 311   -2.2 6.5 -4.3 -4.5 -10.5   -3.01 5
71 Bracket Odds Brodd     322 330 316 319     -1.5 -0.3 -10.5 -2.5   -3.70 4
72 HoopsHD HHD     311 321 330 325     -12.5 -9.3 3.5 3.5   -3.70 4
73 Man with a Spreadsheet Man     318 327 327 312     -5.5 -3.3 0.5 -9.5   -4.45 4
74 The Sporting News - Ryan Fagan SN   321 322 309 332 322   -6.2 -1.5 -21.3 5.5 0.5   -4.61 8
75 Daily Bracket DB   331 314 329 322 310   3.8 -9.5 -1.3 -4.5 -11.5   -4.61 7
76 Bracketville USA BUSA   331 318 316 315 322   3.8 -5.5 -14.3 -11.5 0.5   -5.41 7
77 Bracket Predictions BrP   318 315 329 306 331   -9.2 -8.5 -1.3 -20.5 9.5   -6.01 11
78 Dudes on Sports DoS       338 305 316       7.7 -21.5 -5.5   -6.44 3
79 Seed Madness Seed   321 322 319 320 303   -6.2 -1.5 -11.3 -6.5 -18.5   -8.81 7
80 Badger Nation - Kyle Reichert BN       317 312 315       -13.3 -14.5 -6.5   -11.44 3
81 ncaabracketology brac       332 312 294       1.7 -14.5 -27.5   -13.44 3
82 Real Time RPI Real   324 308 312 319 297   -3.2 -15.5 -18.3 -7.5 -24.5   -13.81 7
83 G Money's Sports Page GM     325 309 306 305     1.5 -21.3 -20.5 -16.5   -14.20 4
84 The Amateur Bracketologist TAB     311 329 304 296     -12.5 -1.3 -22.5 -25.5   -15.45 4
85 Bracketography/Team Rankings TR   332 304 302 301 305   4.8 -19.5 -28.3 -25.5 -16.5   -17.01 11
86 D Ratings DII     311 316 305 301     -12.5 -14.3 -21.5 -20.5   -17.20 4
87 KPI Rankings KPI       295 319 301       -35.3 -7.5 -20.5   -21.11 3
88 nropp.com nropp     305 304 312 287     -18.5 -26.3 -14.5 -34.5   -23.45 4
                                 
BRACKET NEWBIES - 1-2 of LAST 5 YEARS     2012 2013 2014 2015 2016   2012 2013 2014 2015 2016      
                                 
1 Delphi Bracketology Del           351           29.5   29.47 1
2 The Mind of Mike Broman Mind           340           18.5   18.47 1
3 FOX Sports - Stewart Mandel FOX         337 343         10.5 21.5   16.00 5
4 One Man Selection Committee OMC         334 341         7.5 19.5   13.50 2
5 The Left Bench TLB         342 331         15.5 9.5   12.50 2
6 Hardwired for Sports HFS           334           12.5   12.47 1
7 Sons of Penn - Kevin Pulsifer PULSE           333           11.5   11.47 1
8 This Ain't Bracket Science TABS           333           11.5   11.47 1
9 Wildcat Authority WA           332           10.5   10.47 1
10 Gade Pool Gade         332 336         5.5 14.5   10.00 2
11 Bracket Quest Quest       338   333       7.7   11.5   9.58 2
12 Graham Doeren Bracketology GDB           331           9.5   9.47 1
13 Madness 365 M365           331           9.5   9.47 1
14 Head vs. Gut HvG         342 320         15.5 -1.5   7.00 2
15 KY Brackets KY         337 325         10.5 3.5   7.00 2
16 Noahsports Noah           327           5.5   5.47 1
17 Best Damn Bracket Period BBP           326           4.5   4.47 1
18 Joe Kellogg Bracketology JKB           324           2.5   2.47 1
19 Gazzwald Gazz           323           1.5   1.47 1
20 Carolina Sports Thoughts CST         328 322         1.5 0.5   1.00 2
21 Aidan's Bracketology Aidan         326 323         -0.5 1.5   0.50 2
22 RSN Bracketology RSN         324 325         -2.5 3.5   0.50 2
23 White and Blue Review - The Bracketeer WBR         324 325         -2.5 3.5   0.50 2
24 The Uconn Blog UConn           322           0.5   0.47 1
25 Andshock Tries Brackets ASTB           321           -0.5   -0.53 1
26 CU Later Copper CULC           321           -0.5   -0.53 1
27 The Buffet ITB       311   338       -19.3   16.5   -1.42 2
28 Bitter Birds Birds         326 318         -0.5 -3.5   -2.00 2
29 Runner on Fifth RoF         330 313         3.5 -8.5   -2.50 2
30 AZ Desert Swarm AZ           319           -2.5   -2.53 1
31 Go Joe Bruin - Jake Liker GJB         323 317         -3.5 -4.5   -4.00 2
32 Professional Realist PR         328 312         1.5 -9.5   -4.00 2
33 Wilson Rankings WR       328 312         1.5 -9.5   -4.00 2
34 Bracketologist3 - Jonathon Warriner B3           316           -5.5   -5.53 1
35 Jamie Elliott's Bracketology JE           316           -5.5   -5.53 1
36 Brackets, Brackets, Brackets! BBB!         316 319         -10.5 -2.5   -6.50 2
37 Projection Sunday PSun           315           -6.5   -6.53 1
38 Schwamp Bracketology SB           315           -6.5   -6.53 1
39 Beef's Bracketology Beef         314           -7.5   -7.53 1
40 TD Brackets TD         318 314         -8.5 -7.5   -8.00 2
41 NCAA Bubble Trouble BT   313       319   -14.2       -2.5   -8.38 3
42 JE3's Bracketology JE3           313           -8.5   -8.53 2
43 New York Daily News - Ian Powers NYDN         326 304         -0.5 -17.5   -9.00 2
44 Bracketologist Steve Steve           312           -9.5   -9.53 1
45 T-Ranketology T-Rank           312           -9.5   -9.53 1
46 All Important Charlie Power 68 CP68         307 319         -19.5 -2.5   -11.00 2
47 BracketMath Math           307           -14.5   -14.53 1
48 Alex's Bubble Watch Alex           305           -16.5   -16.53 1
49 Bracksketblogs BKS           305           -16.5   -16.53 1
50 Calculus of Champions Calc           303           -18.5   -18.53 1
51 March Madness 365 MM365         314 295         -12.5 -26.5   -19.50 2
52 Bordering on Wisdom BoW         316 287         -10.5 -34.5   -22.50 2
53 College Sports Madness CSM           296           -25.5   -25.53 1
54 Sportsmanteaux SMT           293           -28.5   -28.53 1
55 NarbTom Bracketology NT           292           -29.5   -29.53 1
56 Haslametrics HM           290           -31.5   -31.53 1
57 M-Sports Fans M-SF           288           -33.5   -33.53 1
58 RTS Ratings RTS           282           -39.5   -39.53 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.

NEW in 2016 is that we're only looking at the last 5 years of data rather than all data so the rankings may look vastly different than the 2015 version of this page. This was done to better compare bracketologists with the most recent set of data, to drop the early years where 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 2012 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 2016 to be on this list.
Questions, comments, or mistakes should be mailed to bracketproject@gmail.com