Thanks to the iPhone, you don't need to be in front of the television to follow all of the action during NCAA March Madness. With these useful basketball apps, you can catch live game coverage, update your tournament brackets, and chat with other NCAA fans.
You can create up to 10 brackets with the ESPN Bracket Bound 2011 app (ESPN, Free). You can see how your bracket measures up to the leaderboard, and invite your friends to compare brackets. Get access to live games via the WatchESPN app, as well as replays of completed games. You'll also get breaking news alerts, video analysis exclusive to this app, and game highlight videos.
Another option for organizing your brackets is the March Brackets app (KC Gadgets, $0.99). Any tournament brackets you create will be automatically updated when new scores become available. A current bracket also displays the correct picks as the NCAA tournament progresses, and the app supports push notifications for breaking news. In-app purchases add support for office pools and team stats.
The NCAA Fan Zone app (AT&T Services, Free) provides live scores and NCAA game stats, along with a strong social networking component. Users can create groups and invite friends from Facebook and Twitter. This March Madness app also includes chat and message boards, user photo galleries, and college basketball news. [This app hasn't been update for 2013 yet.]
College basketball lovers rejoice! For the 2012-2013 season, the NCAA is offering free live streaming for every tournament game with the March Madness Live app. You'll need to be connected via Wi-Fi or 3G/4G, but this is a terrific value for any March Madness fan. Games on CBS are available to all users, but games on cable networks like TNT and TBS require that you sign in to your cable company account. The app also integrates with Facebook and Twitter so you can comment on the games in real time. You'll also have access to live radio broadcasts of all games.
The PocketBracket app (Pure Concepts LLC, $0.99) lets you create unlimited March Madness brackets and share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or email. You can also organize private or public tournament pools. Once the NCAA tournament starts, your bracket is automatically updated. Not sure which team to pick in what game? Use the app's SmartPick feature for a suggestion.
Keep up-to-date on all the latest NCAA news with the Sporting News NCAA Basketball app (Zumobi, Free). This news app provides access to the latest scores, breaking news, video clips, and current March Madness tournament standings. It also supports push notifications to keep you up-to-date as the tournament progresses.