Let the games begin! Over the next three weeks basketball fans will have the opportunity to watch 67 basketball games with 360 starting players from 72 teams playing in 13 different arenas for a total of 45 hours of regulation basketball. Whether you are a hard core hoops fan or a casual fan entering the office pool for fun, AT&T has a few app suggestions to help navigate the madness from your smartphones and tablets.
NCAA March Madness Live ( iOS, Android – $3.99)
The official app of the tournament, March Madness Live is an absolute must have. It allows you to stream every game on your phone or tablet. It’s the ultimate second-screen tool, providing live updates of information from every game of the tournament and giving you a literal second screen to watch the games on. This app allows you to watch all 67 games live and also features live box scores, game highlights and alerts for any upsets or close games.
During the NCAA Tournament, there are a lot of powerhouse schools playing, with stars on their roster who will go on to successful careers in professional basketball. There are also tons of teams you’ve never heard of from schools you didn’t know existed with players who will end up being accountants. ESPN Bracket Bound 2013 will let you know about every one of those teams and players, providing stats, information, and highlights for every school in the field.
Fan Cake (IOS – Free)
FanCake is the first live social and mobile game app that allows sports fans to watch and compete against other viewers. While watching live games, use the app to connect with Facebook friends and other fans. Users can earn medals, participate in prediction challenges, and gain points via check-ins and rankings.
All of these games are great and all and we’re sure they mean tons to the players who get to participate in them. But let’s not kid ourselves, the real reason we love March Madness is because of the brackets. It’s our chance to claim a victory in all of this, and perhaps no app is better at tracking your picks than Pocket Bracket. Create as many brackets as you’d like, compare your score to your friends and those on the leader boards, and let the SmartPick feature make the tough calls for you when you just can’t decide on a winner.
OnSports personalizes your sports interests and gives you scores, news and recent updates. During March Madness, OnSports will deliver over 100,000 tournament updates each day. You can also become your own sportscaster by starting discussions and receiving feedback and reactions from the crowd. Plus, sync up and share your content via Twitter, Facebook, email and SMS.
PlayUp – (iOS, Web – Free)
PlayUp allows users to join live game chats. With the iOS update, in time for March Madness, users can pick and choose sports-specific content. There is also deep integration with Twitter and Facebook. Users can send updates and recruit people from both social networks with the app. PlayUp has been featured in the app store, and has ranked as one of the top 10 sports apps.
The fun of watching games during March Madness is you never know when there will be an upset or a crazy ending. Those games can happen at any time and often occur when you least expect it. Thuuz is the app you want to make sure you’re not missing out on any of those matches. Using an algorithm that scores games on watchability, Thuuz will give you a heads up when a game gets interesting. It makes sure that if there’s a game worth watching, you find out about it as it’s happening.
So, those are the draft-app picks. Enjoy, guys and gals.