Bracket Master’s first new feature of 2023 is the Trends Page. This page allows you to examine the consolidated tournament achievements of Teams and Conferences over a user-specified period of time. The exclusive BEST© score presented here intends to identify the top entities over an extended period of time by tallying tournament victories, weighted by their advancement in the championship. BEST is an acronym for BracketMaster Elite Season Trend. The calculation of BEST is based on the following terms:
BEST© Achievement Points
- 16 => Won Championship
- 12 => Lost in Finals
- 9 => Lost in Final Four
- 6 => Lost in Elite Eight
- 4 => Lost in Sweet Sixteen
- 2 => Lost in Round of 32
- 1 => Lost in Round of 64/First Four
This scoring system seeks to reward repeated deep runs without overemphasizing championship victories. Tournaments in years prior to the 64-plus-team field (introduced in 1985) award the same number of points for championships, final fours, etc; those years just don’t provide points for early, partial rounds. For example, 1984 champ Georgetown earned 16 points, and first full-round (Round of 32) loser UTEP earned 2 points for making the tournament, but not winning any games. Similarly, the 1939 tournament with just an eight team field awards 16 points for a championship and 6 points for a first game loss.
BEST also provides an optional weighting factor in order to emphasize more recent performance over that of the distant past. Seasons of increasing time into the past have their achievement points reduced by a shrinking percentage factor. BEST uses a 3rd degree polynomial to calculate the weighting factor, with more recent seasons slowly reducing in percentage, seasons after 20 years more rapidly falling, and then leveling out after 50 years in the past. In terms of specific points, the weighting equation provides a 94% multiplier at 10 years, sliding to 67% at 30 years, 50% at 50 years, and bottoms out at 35% at 80 years. The most recent five tournaments are always weighted at 100%. The ability to disable this factor eases comparisons between different spans of time.
BEST can be calculated for the entire history of the college basketball tournament, but it also allows one to examine interesting questions, such as: who was the top team of the 1980s, or: what has been the most successful conference of the 21st century.
Thanks go out to user “Brewer” for suggesting the framework of this rating. You can suggest your own idea for a new feature on our forum: scrutinous.net/forums/forum/request-a-feature/.
The Trends Page featuring the BEST score is part of the BracketMaster App 1.3.3 release of January 17, 2023.