Monday, November 29, 2010

First Matrix of 2010-11 posted

The first matrix of the new season has been released. I've weeded out the preseason brackets so only 10 brackets are active. Expect that number to dramatically increase as we move forward into the season (you know, when people actually start caring).

My own first bracket will be released on December 6.

The Bracket Matrix - 2011

Want to contribute??? Read this! 2010-11 Edition

1. You need to set up a web site to place your bracket that will be consistent throughout the season. A blog will do. A web site will most definitely do. A bracket posted on a message board will not do. The link will change frequently and will get lost in various discussions, making it difficult for the average reader to find it. (Exception: A message board devoted exclusively to bracketology.) Also, you can't post it on Facebook, Myspace, or some other social networking site because not everyone can access it.

2. You have to tell me where your site is. I don't have a sixth sense when it comes to finding these things. I rely on you and readers like you to tell me what kind of sites to add to this page.

3. The NCAA sets up procedures and principles for building a bracket. Read them! A seriously flawed bracket won't be posted. However, if your seedings are out of the norm, I'll still most likely post it provided that the principles are followed and you have an explanation as to why you've built the bracket like you did. I reserve the right to not post a bracket with something like a winless team as a #1 seed.

4. Please date-stamp your bracket. Brackets of a certain age will be removed from the list, and if there's no date-stamp, obviously I can't tell when your bracket was updated.

5. To make it easier on me, please format your bracket so that at least half of it can be seen on the screen at any one time. You can make it even easier for me by publishing a seed list of your 68 teams. Brackets must have at least 48 seeded teams to be listed in the matrix. Sites that merely list teams with no seeding can be linked to the page but will not be added to the matrix. To be listed in the final matrix of the season, you must have all 68 seeded teams.

6. No new sites will be added to the 2011 page after March 1, 2011 unless you appear in the rankings page (linked to the side), in which case, you will be grandfathered in. In addition, no bracket will be accepted to the final matrix of the season after the beginning of the Selection Sunday show.

7. Link to my site! I've linked to yours!

8. I'm only one guy. If this could pay me what I get at my regular job, I'd update this site 24/7. That simply is not the case. If someone else can do this better, I'll gladly step aside, but from the looks of it, I'm the only (crazy) one. So if you don't see your site on here, an update hasn't been done for a while or I don't respond to you, I hope you'll understand why.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The 2010-11 Bracket Matrix Links

All the links used in the Bracket Matrix for 2010-11 are listed below.

The window for new contributors to join the matrix is now closed. Bracketologists who were in the matrix in years past can still join this year's matrix by contacting me.

The Bracket Project - BP

ESPN - Joe Lunardi
CBS - Jerry Palm
FOX Sports - Jordan Schwartz (also at Bleacher Report)
Rivals - Mike Huguenin
Sporting News - Ryan Fagan
Sports Illustrated - Andy Glockner
Yahoo Sports - Brad Evans

5 Borough Sports - 5B
68 & 16 College Sportscast
ASN College Bracketology
Basketball Predictions - BaP
Bleacher Report - Ezra Amacher (BR-EA), Jesse Kramer (BR-JK), Jordan Schwartz (BR-JS)
Blogging the Bracket - BtB
Bluejay Banter Bracketology from White and Blue Review - BBB
Brack Attack
Brackentology - KENT
The Bracket Board - TBB
Bracket Facts
Bracket Madness - MAD
The Bracket Mensa - BM
Bracket Predictions - BrP
Bracketological Excellence - BE
Bracketology 101 - B101
Bracketville USA - BUSA
Bucky's Bracket
Bulldog Brackets
Busting Bracketologists - Bryce and CJ
Busting the Bracket - BtBr
CHN Bracketology
Countdown to March - CM
The D-World Society - DW
Daily Bracket - DB
The Honest Charlatan - HC
Howard Salwasser's Bracket Watch - BW
Jeff D Lowe's Bracketology - JDL
Kentucky Sports Online - KSO
Kerrance James - KJ
Kurt's NCAA Bracket Projection
March 24/7
March Madness '11 - MM11
NCAA Bubble Trouble - NBT
Oak Creek's March Madness
Prime Time Bracketology - PTB
The Quantitative Prognosticator
Rainmaker's Bracketology
RFS Bracket Science
Rock M Nation
Rush the Court - Zach Hayes
Ryan's Bracketology
The Sports Bank - TSB
SportsRatings - SR
Steve's Bracketology
The 68 from the Washington Post - WP
Zoukmaster's NCAA Bracketology

2011 March Madness - MM
Beer's Bracket
Shelby's Bracket WAG
Bracketography - Graph
Bracketville - BV
Brendan Cox's Bracketology - BC
Chandler's Bracketology
Coolpohle's Bracketology - CP
The Columbus Dispatch - Bill Rabinowitz
Crashing the Dance - CtD
D1scourse - D1
DB's Space - DBS
Feature Presentation Online - FPO
Ivar's Sports
LAOJoe Bracketology
Lobofan2003's Bracketology
MAG NCAA Tournament Projections
My San Antonio - Stephen Fontenot - SA
Online Sports Fanatic - Daniel Evans
Real Time RPI
RPI Forecast
Schmolik 64
Seed Madness
The Hoops Report - Ryan Feldman - THR
VTS Bracket
Warren Nolan - WN

Monday, November 8, 2010

Welcome back!

It's November so that means it's the start of another season here at the Bracket Project.

The big change is the addition of three new teams in the tournament for a grand total of 68. How this will affect things is anybody's guess but the NCAA has released the new principles and procedures so you can read them here.

The first bracket and the first edition of the Bracket Matrix will come out November 29. All sites which have been listed in prior years on the matrix can submit their brackets anytime during the year. New sites must notify me by March 1 to be included in the Selection Sunday matrix. My expectations can be found on the current matrix page.