I don’t normally follow the NCAA tournament outside of the championship game, but this app makes it hard not to. The NCAA has released their own official March Madness app for iOS and it is chock full of awesomeness. If you own an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you could conceivably follow the entire tournament from your device. Even the casual college basketball fan will find this app useful.
The app is very informative, as one would expect from the NCAA. you get a full bracket of matchups, including seedings, game times, and TV channels for each game. When you first set up the app, in fact, you also choose who your cable provider is so you can see what channel number to turn to for each game. There is also the option for taking part in the CBSsports.com Bracket Challenge, although that was closed before I could join. If you already signed up, you can log into your account and see how your bracket is doing.
The real strength of this app, though, is the video. Not only do you get video highlights from every game in the tournament, you also have the option of live streaming any game, right up to the championship. If you have a Twitter and/or Facebook account, you can comment on the game without leaving the stream. If you don’t want to watch whole games, you can set alerts for potential upsets, close games, and overtime games, as well as for specific teams. You also have access to box scores and player stats for each game.
What really blows me away is the price for this app. MLB’s At Bat app costs $15 for all of its features, yet the NCAA March Madness On Demand app costs absolutely nothing. You can download this app and be watching a game within a couple minutes. I think you’ll agree with me that it’s worth every penny.