Friday, November 14, 2014

The 2015 Bracket Matrix Links

All the links used in the 2015 Bracket Matrix are listed here. The window for new contributors has closed. Those who are listed on the rankings page can be grandfathered in if they contact me by Saturday.

Tiers are based on the Bracket Matrix rankings page.

Tier 1 (3+ years; above average)

The Bracket Project

1-3-1 Sports
68&16 Sports
Assembly Call (Andy Bottoms, formerly of Midwest Sports Fans)
Bazinga Bracketology
Beer's Bracket
Bluejay Banter (Rivals)
The Bracket Mensa
Bracket WAG
Busting Bracketologists - CJ
Busting the Bracket - Jeff Borzello
College Sports Vault
Dre's Mock Bracket
ESPN Bracketology with Joe Lunardi
Feature Presentation Online
Ivar's Blog
Jason Wells' Bracketology
Kyle Foster's Bracketology
LAOJoe's Bracketology
March Madness '15
M+J's Bracket Watch
Oak Creek's March Madness
Patrick Stevens -
Primetime Bracketology - Buckeye and HTTV
RFS Bracket Science
Roundball Chat
SBNation - Blogging the Bracket
Schmolik 64
The Sports Bank
Stuck in 1977
Syracusefan7's Bracket Projections
VTS Bracketmaker
Wild Bill's Bracketology
Yahoo! Sports - Brad Evans

Tier 2 (1-2 years; above average)

Bowman Bracketology
The Bracket Blog
Bradley01 Bracketology
Busting Bracketology
College Hoops Daily
Drew's Bracketology
Dudes on Sports
The Nickel Dimer
The Steelers N'at
Random Bracket Blog
Ruckles Bracketology
SocklessJoeLeeDunn's Bracketology
Sports News Huddle
VDG's Bracket Prediction
Your Average College Student

Tier 3 (3+ years; all others)

96 Madness
Basketball Predictions
Brack Attack
Bracket Predictions
Brackets by Bret
Bracketological Excellence
Bracketville USA
The Catch and Shoot
CBS Sports - Jerry Palm
Crashing the Dance
Daily Bracket
FOX Sports - Stewart Mandel
Howard Salwasser's BracketHouse
Kerry Miller's Bracketology
Real Time RPI
Regan NCAA Tournament Index
Rock M Nation
Seed Madness
The Sporting News - Ryan Fagan
Team Rankings
Warren Nolan

Tier 4 (1-2 years; all others)

The Amateur Bracketologist
Badger Nation
Bafana Bafana Bracketology
The Big Lead - Jason Lisk
The Bracket Bracketology
Bracket March
Bracket Odds
College Sports Madness
The Courier-Journal - Jeff Greer
CU Buffs Bball
Explorertown Bracketologist
GMoney's Sports Page
KPI Sports
Man with a Spreadsheet
Rocco Miller's Bracketology
Roto Experts - Adam Zdroik
Sports Illustrated - Michael Beller

Tier 5 (New to the matrix this year)

Aidan's Bracketology
All-Important Charlie Power 68
Average at Best
Bordering on Wisdom
Brackets, Brackets, Brackets!
Gade Pool
Interrobang Sports
KY Brackets
The Left Bench
March Madness 365
March Madness Krausse
Mark's Bracketology
NCAA Bubble Trouble
NCAA Game Simulator
New York Daily News - Ian Powers
NH Brackets
Patrick's Bracketology
#pcbb - Providence College Basketball
Professional Realist
RSN Bracketology
Runner on Fifth
TD Brackets
The Bracket Site
TN Bracket Forecast
USA Today FTW - Scott Gleeson and Tim McGarry
Vegas Insider
White and Blue Review
Wilson Rankings

Welcome back! 2015 Edition

Welcome to another edition of The Bracket Project. My first bracket projection won't be released until January 2015 but you can see the Bracket Matrix later today.

If you want to contribute to the matrix, please read this:

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 or some other social networking site because not everyone can access it. However, in order to promote discussion, an email address or some comment platform must be provided so that readers can praise or criticize your bracket.

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 2014 page after March 1, 2015 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.