March Madness: 10 Top Apps for Following the Matchups

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Available as a dedicated website and as an embeddable widget, Thuuz ranks every game on a scale from 0 to 100, based on play-by-play data and other information. If you sign up for real-time text and e-mail alerts, you get a message when a game really kicks into high gear.

FanFeedr

If you want an at-a-glance view of your favorite teams' progress, FanFeedr is for you.

The real-time, personalized sports feed is available on the Web and as an iPhone and iPad app and supplies an up-to-date, customized stream of scores, headlines and tweets.

Just tell the service the sports, teams, players or news sources you like best, and it delivers the information as fast as it can. If you use the iPhone or iPad apps, you can adjust the settings to get scores in real-time through text message-like push notifications.

Google College Basketball Tournament

Google geeks are apparently basketball fans too. This week, the tech giant launched a dedicated page about all things NCAA.

The Google College Basketball Tournament page includes a map of every school competing in the 2011 NCAA Championships, along with a 3D and Street View option for each campus. For those who like to debate whether home court advantages are for real, Google has supplied a "Distance Tool" that calculates how far each team has to travel to compete.

The page also includes a full schedule of the matchups, the latest March Madness headlines and virtual tours of the venues.

ESPN ScoreCenter

A must-have app for the sports fanatic, ESPN's ScoreCenter puts scores, news and standings from hundreds of leagues around the world into your pocket.

NCAA fans can create personalized scoreboards and get live details from their favorite games, including the last play, in-game stats and game summaries.

The free app for Apple products and Android phones also provides analysis from ESPN's editorial staff and up-to-date video clips.

ESPN Bracket Bound

If you're all about the bracket this time of year, ESPN's Bracket Bound is all about you.

The free app for Apple and Android products lets users fill out up to 10 brackets with their ESPN.com accounts and then follow the leader board to compare their progress with the best entries on the site. You can also measure your performance against private and public groups of friends and family.

The app also includes video highlights, analysis from experts and interviews with NCAA players and coaches.

If you're willing to spend $4.99, you get bracket advice from top ESPN experts, as well as premium alerts on the information that affects your bracket.

PocketBracket

Another helpful app for diehard bracketologists, PocketBracket aims to replace those ubiquitous paper handouts.

For 99 cents, the Apple- and Android-friendly app lets you create or join an unlimited number of brackets and then it tracks results, stats and games.

It also automatically updates the brackets after each game and ranks each participant on the PocketBracket Network.

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