March Madness 2013 is upon us, and while March Madness is arguably the most wonderful time of the year, 63 games are a lot to keep up with. Many of the games happen during the day, and while I’m fortunate enough to stare at a TV in the office, many stricter work environments ban sports websites and livestreaming of March Madness games altogether. Luckily, it’s 2013, and the power of smartphone apps come to the rescue yet again! To get in on the 2013 NCAA tournament action on your phone, check out the list of the best March Madness apps below. These March Madness apps will let you watch games, track scores and keep tabs of your brackets over the course of the next few weeks.
Check Scores & Brackets
ESPN Bracket Bound 2013 – Free – If you made an ESPN bracket (which you should have, considering it was in BostInno’s bracket challenge!), download this free app to keep track of how you’re doing. The app also shows you game times, scores and where you can watch the games.
Yahoo! Sportacular – Free – For those of you that made your brackets using Yahoo!’s Tourney Pick ‘Em, download this app to follow along. You can also use the apps to set alerts for specific games, including start time, score changes and more.
College Basketball by StatSheet – Free – For numbers nerds, this app is a must-download. Statsheet has data from all the NCAA teams, providing you with recaps, scores and analysis of games based on real-time stats and historical trends. Use this app to sound really, really smart when discussing the tourney.
Watch the Games
NCAA March Madness Live – Free – With the NCAA March Madness Live app, you can watch live streaming of every one of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games. (However, a paid TV subscription to TBS, TNT & truTV is required to watch games on networks; CBS is free to all users.) The app also has highlights, schedules, scores, alerts, live game radio broadcasts and more.
CBS Sports – Free – This app isn’t as great as NCAA March Madness live, but it will let you watch video of select NCAA games. It also has a gametracker feature, which essentially involves little colored dot animations moving on an animated basketball court.
Sports Bar Finder – Free – Powered by DIRECTV, Sports Bar Finder lets you search through their database of 80,000 bars nationwide to find which ones near you are screening the NCAA games. Since it is a product of DIRECTV, the app only takes into consideration bars with DIRECTV accounts, but it’s still a great tool when trying to narrow down who’s showing what.
Thuuz – Free – It’s impossible to watch every second of all 63 March Madness games. Thuuz knows that, too. That’s why they use an algorithm that assigns games an excitement rating. When things start to get intense, Thuuz sends users an alert, which essentially means, “Hey, get to a TV. NOW!” If you can’t get to a TV, Thuuz tells you where the game is streaming online.