March Madness: 10 Top Apps for Following the Matchups

Apps live stream games, tell you when to tune in and more.

ByABC News
March 16, 2011, 4:12 PM

March 17, 2011— -- So many games, so little time.

For the next two-and-a-half weeks, it will be brackets galore for NCAA basketball fans, as 68 teams go head-to-head in dozens of March Madness matchups.

With all those games, many taking place during work and school hours, keeping up with the action will be no small feat. But thanks to a bumper crop of Web and smartphone apps, college hoops fans will have no trouble live streaming games to their phones, figuring out the hottest games to watch, getting tune-in alerts and more.

If you're looking for the best ways to follow the madness this month, take a look at 10 of the top apps below.

No TVs at work? No problem.

With the official March Madness application, you can live stream every single game to your iPhone or iPad, for free. Just download the app to your device of choice and you can keep an eye on the games, without your boss ever being any the wiser. (Sure, you could watch the game on your computer, but the smaller screens might help you keep a lower profile.)

Since the app works over WiFi and 3G networks, with a solid enough connection you could even tune in on your train ride home. It can also send you game time, halftime and overtime alerts for your favorite teams.

And, if you're watching from the comfort of your couch, just tell the app your zip code and TV provider and it can help you figure out which channel to turn to.

Android users won't get to take part in the live-streaming action, but they can still keep up in real-time with the free March Madness Fan Zone app.

Available for select Android phones and Apple products, the app combines real-time scores, news and rankings with social media conversations. As users read about the progress of their favorite teams, they can chat about the games with friends through Facebook, Twitter and SMS.

If your problem isn't finding a way to watch the games, but figuring out which ones to watch, check out Are You Watching This?! (RUWT?!)

The service (which is available on the Web and as a free iPhone app) watches every game, on every channel, in every sport, and alerts users when the action heats up.

RUWT?! relies on the subjective commentary of "super fans" and the objective data of algorithms -- that analyze each game according to game play, historical information about the sport and players, and other factors -- to determine which games are "instant classics." When it spots a hot game among your favorite teams and/or sports, it sends you a message.

You can choose whether you want e-mail messages or text messages (or both), and you can select the frequency with which you want to receive the messages. The alerts let you know the game's score, time left and the channel you need to watch.

Just in time for this year's March Madness, the folks behind RUWT?! launched another sports-related website, I Can't Find the Game.

The dead-simple site is a gift from the gods for sports fans who need help figuring out which channels to turn to for their favorite games.

Just enter your zip code and choose your cable/satellite provider, and the site tells you the channel you need to watch.