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NCAA March Madness apps for Android and iPhone



The CBS Sports iPhone and iPad app I told you about in my previous post is the headliner of mobile NCAA Tournament apps this year, but it's not the only game in town. There are several other apps for Android and iPhone that will keep you in the loop (and the hoop) with brackets, stats and scores throughout the tournament. And even if you have access to the CBS streaming video on your iOS devices, these apps will help you with data usage if you're away from WiFi and/or on a limited data plan.

The NCAA Fan Zone - March Madness

The first one, available for iPhone and Android, is the The NCAA Fan Zone - March Madness app from AT&T. This free app provides real-time NCAA basketball scores, news and rankings for all Division I teams. It has strong social networking features with Facebook and Twitter integration. Fans. Fans can post messages and photos on teams and games, create private groups and invite friends to groups via Facebook, Twitter or SMS. The app does have some ads, but it's free so that's too be expected.

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Pocket Bracket - March Madness

The Pocket Bracket app also is available for iPhone and Android for 99-cents. You can use it to create unlimited NCAA tournament brackets and organize pools. Keep track of your bracket results, stats, and games and connect to the PocketBracket Network to get ranked. You also can share your brackets and invite friends to join your pools via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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ESPN Bracket Bound

The ESPN Bracket Bound app is another free one for iPhone and Android with the option for a $4.99 in-app purchase of some additional features. The app contains the popular ESPN Tournament Challenge bracket game and you can use it to fill out up to 10 brackets, follow the Leaderboard and measure your performance against the best entries in the game and track your performance within private and public groups. Video highlights, analysis from ESPN college basketball experts and interviews from top players and coaches also are included, as are live scoring updates.

Premium features include: Exclusive bracket advice via video clips from ESPN college basketball analysts including Andy Katz, Doug Gottlieb and Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi; alerts including texts from Joe Lunardi, injury updates, upset alerts and all the news and information directly impacting March Madness and your bracket; highlights and analysis clips delivered directly to your mobile device with exclusive Bracket Bound video alerts; access to premium text content such as top-10 lists, players to watch, underachievers and which teams perform best/worst come tournament time.

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All these apps make it easy for you to check scores on your mobile device wherever you are. National Bracket Day is Monday, March 14, so pick an app, download it and get ready for the madness.


[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 11:59am]


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