About BracketScience

Bracket Science™ is an on-line information resource that answers the pressing questions of the millions of fans who try to forecast the tourney results every year. Unlike other websites that cover the NCAA tournament which focus on individual teams in isolated years, Bracket Science™ puts the entire modern history of March Madness in a context that helps visitors understand why certain teams advance in the tournament and others don't.

In some ways, Bracket Science™ is like The Bill James Baseball Abstract, a long-running institution among baseball fans. Like The Baseball Abstract, Bracket Science™ takes a fresh perspective on a popular sport based on a unique statistical analysis and challenges conventional wisdom about what contributes to success in that sport.

Pete Tiernan has built Bracket Science™ with the help of Jeff Smeenge from ActiveFan Sports Network and a statistical database that includes the results of every tournament since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. This database, which is now partially available through the Bracketmaster™ on-line research tool, contains a wealth of information on all participants of the 64-team era—everything from conference affiliation, coaching experience, star power and team makeup to scoring averages, pre-tourney momentum, bench play, scoring balance, playing location, and more.

Bracket Science™ answers key questions fans ask when filling out brackets:

  • Which attributes matter in evaluating a team's chances of advancing in the tournament—and which don't?
  • What factors make some longshots more ripe to spring upsets than others?
  • What are the telltale traits of tournament champions?
  • What's the best strategy for filling out a bracket?
  • Which is really the best conference come tourney time?


With all the rich articles that make break down the brackets, the breadth of statistical information available in the BracketMaster™, the blogs and tourney contests, Bracket Science™ makes having a case of March Madness fun.