10 Mobile Apps for March Madness 2013

There are more ways to follow the NCAA college basketball tournament now than ever. Here are 10 mobile apps that follow the action, from storing your bracket to watching the games to setting up alerts for important tipoffs.

While it seems only the CEO can get away with streaming NCAA tournament games at work these days, there are more ways to follow the NCAA college basketball tournament now than ever. Here are 10 mobile apps that follow the action, from storing your bracket to watching the games to setting up alerts for important tipoffs.

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ESPN Bracket Bound 2013
ESPN Bracket Bound 2013

Kind of a one-stop shop for iOS users, ESPN’s app incorporates live scoring, news updates, and its Bracketology resources into one mobile app. Users can create up to 10 of their own brackets in the app to compete in the ESPN Tournament Challenge.

Bracket for Android
Bracket for Android

With an average of 4.3 on more than 900 user ratings, Bracket is one of the most positively received March Madness apps on the market. And it’s a simple user interface to show which of your picks are correct.

March Madness Bet for iOS
March Madness Bet for iOS

The action doesn’t need to stop once you’ve filled out your brackets. March Madness Bet lets users make friendly, and legal, bets on the games with their friends. Users can pick a winner in an individual game, set the wager to a lunch or a dinner, and send the bet directly to one of their friends.

Sports Pick Em for Android
Sports Pick Em for Android

Another alternative method for following the action, Sports Pick Em judges the winning users by the point total of the teams they pick. Those who pick teams that lose individual games aren’t immediately eliminated. The app counts the total points scored by each team that each user picks, and awards those who pick the most successful overall teams.

PocketBracket for iOS
PocketBracket for iOS

The most popular NCAA basketball tournament app since 2009, PocketBracket provides an impressive feature set. Unlike ESPN’s app, PocketBracket does not put a limit on the number of brackets users can create, which is a blessing for those tasked with the tedious process of creating and managing the annual office tournament.

NCAA March Madness Live
NCAA March Madness Live

Perfect for those who may be traveling (or working) during tournament play, NCAA March Madness Live will stream video of all 67 tournament games on both Android and iOS devices. A subscription will be needed to stream games that are also being broadcast on the TNT, TBS, and TruNetwork networks, but those broadcast on CBS are available for those without cable subscriptions.

March Bracket Helper
March Bracket Helper

Not everyone who joins their office tournament pool is a stat nerd, or even a basketball fan. Those who want to join in on the fun but don’t want to throw away their money can get some help from the March Bracket Helper, which provides some backup on what the numbers next to the team names mean.

Simple Bracket for iOS
Simple Bracket for iOS

On the surface, Simple Bracket looks like just another app for picking winners and comparing them with friends. However, Simple Bracket boasts “the most statistically sound bracket scoring method available today,” the result of the app designers’ work with a renowned biostatistician. Simple Bracket could be the app of choice for those who take their pools the most seriously.

March Madness Countdown
March Madness Countdown

With so many games to be played, keeping track of which teams play when can be difficult. March Madness Countdown lets users create a list of their favorite games. The app will alert the users with an alarm just before tipoff, making sure no one misses a second of their favorite games.

Thuuz Sports
Thuuz Sports

Based on an algorithm that assigns an “excitement rating” for any game at a given moment, the Thuuz Sports app informs users which games are the most entertaining in real time. A similar concept to the March Madness Countdown, Thuuz Sports could be just as essential to catching the best NCAA tournament action as it occurs.