Definition of bracketology in US English:



  • 1The activity of predicting the participants in and outcomes of the games in a sports tournament, especially the NCAA college basketball tournament.

    ‘it's never too early for some bracketology’
    • ‘Bracketology is an educated, statistically-driven guess at who will make the NCAA Tournament field come March.’
    • ‘So now the Wildcats will wait and follow bracketology like everyone else.’
    • ‘Selection Sunday is the day we all claim to have majored in bracketology.’
    • ‘The unexpected developments and intrigue are why we love early bracketology and college basketball's offseason.’
    • ‘Right now, the consensus of the bracketology community has Baylor as an 8-9 seed.’
    • ‘NCAA bracketology experts seem to remain baffled where Florida will end up.’
    • ‘I can't believe it took this long for the 2013 bracketology predictions to come out.’
    • ‘The style that I implement, both in investing and in bracketology, is GARP, or growth at a reasonable price.’
    • ‘The most interesting bracketology debate, by the way, is Duke.’
    • ‘That's the magic of crowd-sourced bracketology: So long as your office pool is big enough to resemble a cross section of America, you're unlikely to finish in last place.’
    1. 1.1 A set of predictions about the participants in and outcomes of the games in a sports tournament, typically presented on a diagram representing the sequence of games.
      ‘in our latest bracketology, we have Maryland as a #3 seed’
      • ‘This will be my 5th year to do an official bracketology.’
      • ‘St. Louis' slide late in the season has opened up the door for VCU, who I currently have as a five seed in my bracketology.’
      • ‘To demonstrate how crazy college basketball is this year, his latest bracketology shows SIX Mountain West teams getting into the tourney.’
      • ‘Hopefully, when I do my bracketology it will be at least 80% accurate on seedings and 75% accurate on who wins what games.’
      • ‘There was a lot of movement in my bracketology this weekend.’
      • ‘You had Rutgers listed in the "Next Four Out" on your latest bracketology printed Monday.’
      • ‘Any other comments let me know, my next bracketology will have matchups and regions, but for this one I wanted to focus on the seeding process.’
      • ‘if you look at his bracketology there's a number of teams around an RPI of 63 that are in contention for the tourney.’
      • ‘ESPN's latest bracketology has swapped out the Aggies once again for Louisiana Tech, as the Bulldogs find equal success in WAC play.’
      • ‘Most bracketologies (projection of the NCAA Tournament field) have them among the first four out before the big win last night.’


1990s: from bracket (sense 5 of the noun).