Bracket Buster

What does bracket buster mean?

A team that upsets a highly ranked team

A bracket buster is a team that upsets a highly ranked team in a tournament. It is a popular term during March Madness.

The term refers to a surprise tournament team, sometimes called cinderella, that upsets highly ranked opponents and ruins fans' brackets. A bracket buster is often a mid-major school that beats a school from popular conferences, such as the Big Ten, SEC, or ACC.


"George Mason has got to be one of the biggest bracket busters of all time.
Definitely, they were an 11th seed that made it to the Final Four!"

Bracket Buster means a team that upsets a highly ranked team

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Last Updated: June 28, 2016

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