Bracketologist

Bracketologist

BracketDobberSBN

Arlington, VA

Male, 34

I'm currently the resident bracketologist for SB Nation and I've been attempting to accurately project the NCAA Tournament field since 2006. My goal is not only to be correct in picking at-large teams and the seeding of all 68 teams, but to inform the public about the process and how the sometimes bashed college basketball regular season does really have importance. I'd be glad to answer your questions on how the field of 68 is put together, but I won't be much help with your bracket picks.

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Last Answer on May 03, 2013

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Do you think 68 is the right number? Should it be higher or lower?

Asked by spazmatic over 6 years ago

I think it should go back to 64 to be honest because I like the symmetry of it. However, the performances of the at-large opening round winners so far has me seriously re-thinking this. 

Let's say I know zilch about college hoops and have only one hour to research for my bracket. What sites, resources, etc would you suggest I study in that hour? (oh the joys of new fatherhood...)

Asked by Sal over 6 years ago

I don't think researching the bracket is necessarily the best strategy, as in my experience that leads to overthinking things. But if you insist, check out SB Nation's coverage (naturally) and KenPom.com (which requires a subscription) for advanced statistical analysis.

So....what do you do the rest of the year:) I assume bracketology really only starts come the beginning of Fall college basketball?

Asked by Skolk over 6 years ago

Honestly, I really don't get cracking until January, when conference play starts. It's really silly to do it any earlier than that. You could argue that March would be the appropriate time, but really, going throughout the conference season helps me to better compare teams and to adjust for fluctuations in performance.

Through the offseason, my primary focus is tracking the various early season tournaments. I found it difficult to figure out which teams were playing where in November and December and figured many fans probably had the same issue. So, I took matters into my own hands.

Do you think you can beat the Vegas sportsbooks who charge a standard 10% vig by betting on college hoops?

Asked by prodad over 6 years ago

I'd say no..projecting the field has little to nothing to do with forecasting results. What I do is more backward-looking than forward-looking. 

If you had to bet a third of your net worth on 3 teams seeded between 11th and 15th this year, who do you go with?

Asked by lulz_2013marlins over 6 years ago

Again, I'm a terrible person to ask for getting advice since that's not really what bracketology is. However, I feel strongly about Bucknell making a run. I also think Davidson and Belmont can win a game.