Android Apps for NCAA Basketball

Whether you call it the Big Dance, March Madness, the Road to Final to the Final Four, or simply the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, the sporting world will be glued to the TV for a couple of weeks in March. If you can't watch every game and get all the stats, predictions, and bracket updates, your Android phone and Google Play have the apps you need to follow your team all the way to the Final Four.

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NCAA® March Madness® Live: NCAA's Official App

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This is the official Turner Broadcasting app for March Madness. It allows you to watch all games in the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament on the CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV networks.

What We Like:

  • Ability to cast live games to TV
  • Live game notifications
  • Actively maintained and supported

What We Don't Like:

  • Paid TV subscription required to see full games live (but if you're a fan of the NCAA, you probably already have access to cable) 
  • Commercials
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Bracket Tracker: Manage Bracket Madness

Whether you want to go green and cut down on your paper use or simply love the convenience of storing your bracket electronically, the Bracket Tracker app fits the bill. It allows you to keep your bracket up to date and as close as the phone in your pocket. With the ability to edit your bracket and receive live scores and updates, this app could very easily eliminate the need to print out your bracket at all.

The app not only allows you to track your favorite teams, but also to make your best guesses for the March Madness tournament. The app is developed by a single programmer during his spare time, so the updates may be a little slow at times, but it is an elegant solution and as a free download, the price is certainly right. 

What We Like:

  • Supports both men's and women's college basketball tournaments
  • Simple to use

What We Don't Like:

  • Can't predict scores
  • Can't post to social media easily

Marziah Karch contributed to this piece. 

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The Score: Live Scores, News, Stats, and Videos

A longtime favorite in the Play store, The Score keeps you updated on your favorite players and teams in real time. The app lets you choose what news you want to see, whether it's general news, game scores, player and team statistics, and tournament info. A bracket function incorporates Google's latest "flat" design aesthetics (clean, crisp, colorful) for a different, refreshingly modern overview of a tournament's progress.

What We Like:

  • Great for office pools
  • Very easy to use
  • Solid support

What We Don't Like:

  • Ads (although not particularly intrusive)
  • Occasional update delays (several seconds) after upsets and other newsworthy events
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ESPN Tournament Challenge: Create and Compete With Brackets

This app helps you track how well your bracket is doing against those of your sports friends and other ESPN fans. Many users say it's their go-to app each year because of its social nature. You can access all your brackets on your own My Brackets page.

Bracketcast keeps you up to date on surprise game outcomes and outlier teams so you can see their effects on your brackets in real time.

What We Like:

  • Very easy bracket creation and management
  • Can create up to 25 brackets
  • Autofill brackets with top seeds, randomly chosen teams, or those chosen by ESPN's Basketball Power Index algorithm

What We Don't Like:

  • Targeted advertising
  • Notifications settings change upon update
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FanSided: Sports News

This one's a bit different than the others listed here. Instead of focusing on scores and brackets, FanSided brings you news, analysis, opinions, gossip and general interest stories about the teams and personalities you're most interested in. More than 300 sports and entertainment sites make up the FanSided network, and FanSided's writers supplement that with original content. It's particularly useful during March Madness, when you can get notifications and updates for the NCAA teams, players, and tournaments you choose.

What We Like:

  • Easy, granular management of notifications
  • Breadth of topic options
  • Responsive support

What We Don't Like:

  • No live streams
  • Can be crash-prone on some devices