March Madness 2013 is upon us with games tipping off this week. To be sure you're prepared for every second of college basketball's most crucial time of the year, we've put together a list of the must-have Android, iOS and Web apps.
With apps to fill out your own bracket predictions, follow game and player stats, track down the best food to complement the action, or even watch the games live on your mobile device, you'll surely be in prime position to follow the excitement all the way to the Final Four. Let's play ball.
|NCAA March Madness Live|
There are 67 games played during the NCAA men's basketball championship tournament, and with the NCAA March Madness Live app, you can watch them all. Live. All games televised on TBS, TNT and truTV do require a login with a paid cable TV subscription to stream, but CBS broadcasts do not.
The app also features alerts for upsets, overtimes, close games and your favorite teams, not to mention a live bracket to keep track of which teams are moving on. March Madness Live will also stream all the games' live radio broadcasts in case you're really on the go. But before firing up this app, you might want to follow our battery life tips -- all that video is going to require some extra juice. (Android, iOS)
|ESPN Bracket Bound 2013|
A big part of the March Madness fun is filling out your own bracket (or brackets), and the Bracket Bound app from ESPN lets you create and share up to 10. Make new groups to compare brackets with friends or join already created communities and see if your bracket can go, as Dicky V would say, "All the way, baby!"
|College Basketball: STATSHEET|
For the real statheads and basketball geeks, STATSHEET has you covered for every game of the tournament. Its College Basketball app leverages STATSHEET's "advanced technology and database of over two billion statistics to give you unique insights and proprietary metrics, including team power rankings and individual player rankings and grades."
STATSHEET offers the full roster for every NCAA basketball team and full, sortable player stats. Metrics like StatRank algorithmically ranks every player and team and the app gives stat-based grades for each game for every player. STATSHEET also has StatSmack - the stat-based trash talking app. (Android, iOS)
|Sports Bar Finder|
But sometimes you just want to watch the game where everyone knows your name. If you're looking for a great place to catch these March Madness games, Sports Bar Finder by DIRECTV can help. The app uses GPS to find the nearest bar that offers DIRECTV sports programming. There are 80,000 bars to choose from in the U.S.
Sport Bar Finder allows you to sort by sports programming packages to see which locations may be offering the game you're looking for. The app offers directions to locations and has an email invitation feature so you can invite the whole gang too. (Android, iOS)
But sometimes you just want to watch at home, on your own couch with your own basket of wings. GrubHub and Seamless are two of the very best food delivery apps out there and they're free to use. You can even create online accounts to save your payment information, making ordering even easier. GrubHub even offers special chances to win discounts.
Each app lets you search by location, restaurant, or cuisine, and you can even customize your orders with special instructions. There are even options to save your exact same order for next game, so if your team keeps winning, you might not want to change a thing. (Android, iOS)