Bed Time Research Institute

Bracketodds (2012-Present) 

Analyzing brackets in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

Web Site: bracketodds

Papers Published

Videos

March Madness and Advance Analytics: Improving Your Bracket odds, 4 June 2014

Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential in the Midwest Region, bleacherreport.com on 17 March 2014.

Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential in the South Region, bleacherreport.com on 17 March 2014.

Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential in the West Region, bleacherreport.com on 17 March 2014.

Crunching the Numbers to Reveal Biggest Potential in the East Region, bleacherreport.com on 17 March 2014.

 

Select Media Coverage

(15 March 2017) Moose and B-Sox talk with Sheldon Jacobson about Bracketodds and the Science behind March Madness (Lazer 103.3, Des Moines, IA).

(14 March 2017) 2017 NCAA Tournament: Stats facts to know to fill out a March Madness bracket (Matt Norlander, CBS Sports) quotes statistics computed at Bracketodds.

(12 March 2017)  March Madness Bracket 2017: Betting Advice, Historical Trends and Predictions (Paul Kasabian, Bleacher Report) features data analysis from Bracketodds. 

(12 March 2017) How to hack your March Madness bracket to win (Samuel Anderson, Best Life) features tips from Bracketodds.

(12 March 2017) For Northwestern, first taste of March Madness will always be the Sweetest (Chicago Tribune) featured data taken from Bracketodds.

Seven Tips for Crunching March Madness Math, Reuters.  See also Global Post, The Fiscal Times, 13 March 2016.

The Proven Way to Pick a Successful March Madness Bracket, Men’s Health, 13 March 2016.

Need help with your NCAA bracket?. Kankakee Daily Journal, Kankakee Valley, Illinois, 13 March 2016.

Professor takes an analytical approach to Madness. Kankakee Daily Journal, Kankakee Valley, Illinois, 12 March 2016.

How to improve your chances for a perfect March Madness. A Minute with Sheldon H. Jacobson, University of Illinois Professor of Computer Science, 9 March 2016 .

Method to the Madness: The Best Way to Fill Out Your NCAA Bracket, Men’s Fitness, March 2016 Issue.

How to build the perfect NCAA bracket, appeared in Men’s Health on 16 March 2015.

Gambling With Computers, appeared in Communications of the ACM on 22 April 2014.

Dominate March Madness: Tips for a Better Bracket, appeared in USA Today on 16 March 2014.

Win your bracket pool with Science, appeared on realclearscience.com on 19 March 2013.

How to Win Your March Madness Pool, appeared in Bloomberg Business on 18 March 2013.

Bracketology: Score some tips from a bracket braniac, appeared in Time Out (Chicago)  on 12 March 2013.

March Madness Bracketology: The Science, appeared in Discovery News on 15 March 2012.

My March Madness Picks, appeared in Bloomberg Business on 13 March 2012.

Hoops += Winners, appeared in the Chicago Tribune on 12 March 2012.

The Scientific Way to Pick NCAA Basketball Winners, appeared on Science 2.0 on 15 March 2011.

Real March Madness is relying on Seedings to Determine Final Four, appeared on NSF.gov on 8 March 2011.

Professor of bracketology: U of I computer expert’s conclusion: ‘they call is madness for a reason’ appeared in Chicago Tribune on 14 March 2010.

How to Improve the N.C.A.A Tournament, appeared in the New York Times on 1 April 2010.

Statistics, Probability, and NCAA’s “March Madness”, appeared in Scientific American on 19 March 2009.

 

Students Involved

2011

Douglas M. King (Senior Project Advisor, Industrial Engineering Graduate Student, University of Illinois)

Emon Kai (Web Developer, Computer Science Undergraduate Student, University of Illinois)

Ammar Rizwan (Web Developer, Computer Science Undergraduate Student, University of Illinois)

2015

Arash Khatibi (Senior Project Advisor, Industrial Engineering Graduate Student, University of Illinois)

Andrew Yang (Web Developer, Computer Science Undergraduate Student, University of Illinois)

 2016

Arash Khatibi (Senior Project Advisor, Industrial Engineering Graduate Student, University of Illinois)

Shouvik Dutta (Technical Analyst, Industrial Engineering Graduate Student, University of Illinois)

 2016

Kevin Li (Computer Science Graduate Student, University of Illinois)

 

Last updated: 12 August 2017

URL address: BTRI

 

Contact Information: Sheldon H. Jacobson, 217-244-7275, email, twitter