[Update for 2014 — check out Tim’s new tips: http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2014/03/17/top-tips-for-2014-march-madness-brackets-from-tim-chartier/]
Check out Tim Chartier’s webinars on the applications of linear algebra for more helpful hints on how to fill out your bracket.
Tim looks at how famous bracketologists have fared in the past (tip — Obama did OK in the 80th percentile, Dwyane Wade, not so much in the 43rd percentile) and provides step by step analysis of the math behind the Colley method and others. He also guides viewers through a free java program that is available for download on his professional web site at Davidson College.
You can find a link to the Java code for ranking on Tim’s blog: http://sites.davidson.edu/mathmovement/bracketology-101/
Listen to Tim’s talk on March Mathness at the MAA Distinguished Lecture Series: http://www.maa.org/dist-lecture/past-lectures.html
Tim Chartier is an Associate Professor of mathematics at Davidson College. His ability to communicate math both in and beyond the classroom were recognized with the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member from the Mathematical Association of America. His research and scholarship were recognized with an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Tim serves on the Editorial Board for Math Horizons, a mathematics magazine of the Mathematical Association of America. He also serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the Museum of Mathematics. Tim has been a resource for a variety of media inquiries which includes fielding mathematical questions for the Sports Science program on ESPN. He is co-author with Anne Greenbaum of Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis and Computer Implementation of Algorithms. His latest book, Math Bytes, includes a section on bracketology as well as other fun math and computing endeavors.