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Keep these mobile apps handy for NCAA March Madness

by Stephen Danos

NCAA March Madness officially starts in March 19th, so pretty soon the college sports world will be rocked by upsets and cinderella stories galore. While downloading appropriate mobile apps can’t guarantee wins for your favorite collegiate team, they sure can rev you up for the barrages of high-flying jams, three pointers, and sound basketball fundamentals. These mobile apps can nail buzzer beaters better than the rest.

ESPN Bracket Bound (iOS, Android Free)

The worldwide leader in sports offers the most comprehensive mobile apps for following March Madness. Besides the expected highlight videos, breaking news, and professional coverage, you can fill out your annual bracket and enter the ESPN Tournament Challenge. After you make your picks, you can follow along in real-time. Stay informed of your alma mater’s hardcourt efforts in the My Team section or visit the Bracketology section for projections. ESPN Bracket Bound is most certainly elite, and would crush any opposing mobile app in a game of one-on-one.


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NCAA March Madness Live (iOS, Android Free)

Last year’s app is back with all the NCAA tournament streaming your smartphone or tablet can handle. With coverage of all 67 games and video highlights provided by Turner Sports and CBS Sports, every college basketball fan needs to download NCAA March Madness Live. You can participate in the app’s Bracket Challenge or chat it up with other fans in the March Madness Social Arena. Typically, NCAA March Madness Live comes equipped with subscription deals, so be on the lookout!

PlayUp - Where Sports Get Social (iOS, Android Free)

During the tournament, you’re most likely going to watch a handful of games by yourself. Don’t fret if your friends can’t hang out, because PlayUp is a fantastic service for sports fanatics who want to stay social. This free community-based mobile app lets fans connect and comment, responding to big game moments as they occur. Once you join PlayUp, it’s simple to invite friends from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to game-centric hangouts. While it isn’t specific to NCAA Basketball, the app lets you add NCAA conferences to the app’s home screen. And if you decide during a hangout that you want to meet up with your fellow fans, PlayUp comes with a Pub Locator

Team Stream (iOS, Android Free)

The Bleacher Report is a go-to website for sports addicts that features topical lists, trade scenarios, mock drafts, creative articles and slideshows from a deep bench of staff writers and sports bloggers. Their mobile app Team Stream lets you follow any NCAA team you fancy, providing Game Previews that show team leaders in points, rebounds, and assists. Even better, the visual display for comparing Season Averages between teams, game-relevant trivia based on current stats, player grades, and a Fan Satisfaction Graph. If you prefer following AP’s Top 25 teams, which admittedly comes with more interesting analysis and commentary from the Bleacher Report, then you have that option. When it strictly comes to free sports-related content, the Team Stream mobile app is national champion.

Sporting News NCAA Basketball (iOS, Android Free)

If you’re looking for a mobile app with 100 percent dedication to college hoops, look no further than The Zumobi Network’s Sporting News NCAA Basketball. The simple yet elegant design puts scores and news at the forefront. You can access every college team’s schedule, roster, news, and view tweets; from the team page you can favorite and toggle on/off news notifications. The Sporting News writing staff keeps content current during March Madness, and while this app isn’t flashy, it has a handle on triple-threat position.