Fundamentals of Bracketology



  • Identify at least four (4) rules that govern the selection process. 
  • List at least ten (10) of the conferences whose champion is awarded automatic entry into the tournament. 
  • Describe the analysis undertaken by individual schools/conferences to position themselves for NCAA championship participation.
  • Identify the most common misconceptions "behind the bracket" as portrayed by the print/electronic media.
  • Create a realistic mock bracket.

Online Course Content

This online course will consist of several modules and is designed to be completed within eight weeks. The material covered will include such topics as an introduction to "NCAA March Madness"; a History of the NCAA Tournament; NCAA Selection Committee(s), the Selection Process, Seeding and Bracketing, RPI, and the construction of mock brackets.  It will also include an detailed explanation of the new 68 team format.

Each module will include one or two readings as well as discussion board time with Joe, where he will pose a question and then engage in conversation with you and your fellow students. The final "exam" in the course will be participation in a mock selection committee meeting, moderated by Joe and the construction of an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket.  Successful completion of the course will earn a Certificate of Completion from Saint Joseph's University and a copy of the final bracket signed by Joe.

Course Participation

Information for 2014-15 coming soon.


Joe Lunardi

Joseph Lunardi (AKA "Joey Brackets") is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He was born in Philadelphia and is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia).

Lunardi is best known for creating Bracketology, defined as the "art and science" of forecasting teams that will be selected for the annual NCAA men's basketball championship. Since 2002, he has become a fixture on ESPN's college basketball programming and has been writing for since its inception. Lunardi correctly forecast all 65 teams for the 2008 NCAA Tournament and has averaged no more than one missed team for the past eight seasons.

Beyond his seasonal duties at ESPN, Lunardi is the assistant vice president for marketing communications at Saint Joseph's where he oversees institutional marketing and branding, program advertising, web content, and other integrated communications initiatives. He is also entering his 20th season as color commentator for the Saint Joseph's Sports Network (SJSN).

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