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3 apps for March Madness: watch games on the go, track brackets

March 20, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Simple Bracket, an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app, strips away ads and flashy graphics to focus on March Madness brackets.
Simple Bracket, an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app, strips away ads and flashy… (iTunes )

The NCAA men's basketball tournament, aka March Madness, kicks off in earnest with 16 matches Thursday and 16 more Friday.

How do you keep up with all the games -- let alone watch them all?

Here are some apps to help cope with all the madness.

NCAA March Madness Live

If you want to watch the tournament from your smartphone or tablet, you can do so with NCAA March Madness Live. The app is free to download and lets you watch games shown on CBS at no charge. Users have to sign in with their cable provider in order to watch games broadcast on TBS, TNT and truTV. The app also lets users watch recaps of all the games and keep brackets.

The app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices.

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ESPN Bracket Bound 2013

This ESPN app is a good choice for users whose main concern is their brackets. The app lets users create up to 10 brackets that they can use to compete with their friends and families. Bracket Bound 2013 also provides users with news stories, video analysis and game stats. The app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices.

Simple Bracket

For users who want to keep a bracket but are tired of endless advertisements and bright bold fonts and graphics, Simple Bracket is for them. The 99-cents app features a minimalist designed bracket and strips away everything else. Unfortunately the app requires users to have a Twitter account, but once in they can create pools with their friends and family and earn rewards for how well they predict the games. Available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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