The best Android apps for March Madness 2016
The NCAA Tournament is in full swing. These apps will help you keep up with your bracket.
Game on. The 2016 NCAA Tournament (that’s college men’s basketball, in case you’re not into such things) is underway. That means countless work hours lost over the next couple weeks, but specifically in these early days as we all pore over our brackets, hoping to avoid the bust and advance to the next round.
Sadly, we don’t all have televisions in our offices. But seeing as how this is 2016, there’s more than one way to keep up with the tourney. A trusty web browser is one, of course. But you’re on the go. That’s where these handy Android apps come in.
We’ve updated our favorites for following this year’s big dance. And there’s a good chance if you’re a sports fan you’re already acquainted. Let’s take a look.
This one’s a longtime sports staple on Android. Follow leagues, teams and players. Get all the latest news. But you’re here for basketball. It’s got a dedicated tournament section, with a smartly designed sort of bracket that’s using Android design guidelines instead of the sort of pan-and-zoom thing you’ll find elsewhere. It’s really well done.
TheScore is ad-supported, but it’s also one of those apps that can very well stick around once you try it. So try it.
Download: theScore (free)
NCAA March Madness Live
This one’s the official app from the folks putting on the tournament, so you know it’s good. It’s also very much sponsored by AT&T, Capital One and Infiniti, so you’ll be subjected to adds from those three throughout. But if you’ve got a cable subscription this is a great way to watch all the games live. And with Chromecast support built in, you can stream to a larger TV or monitor if you’re not in the same room as your cable box. Plus there are scores, info on every team in the tourney, and keep up with your bracket, at least until it gets busted. There’s a lot of webview going on there, but it’s not a bad choice by any stretch.
Download: NCAA March Madness Live (Free, TV subscriptions required for some games)
ESPN Tournament Challenge
This one’s less about following the tournament and more about a bracket challenge. Specifically, if you’re playing with ESPN’s brackets. (If you’re not, just move on.) You can follow up to 10 brackets and get alerts on the latest news. Following scores is fairly simply, but the app also is (unsurprisingly) pretty ad-heavy. Again, if you’re not actually doing ESPN’s bracket challenge, no need to stop here.
Download: ESPN Tournament Challenge (Free)
CBS consistently has had some of the best sports apps out there, and that continues this year with the latest iteration of the CBS Sports app. At launch you’ll be asked if you want to use location services to follow local (or regional) teams. Do or do not, there is no try. You also can designate specific teams in any of the sports that you want to give special attention to.
From there, it’s all sports, all the time. That means you’ll see other events lumped with the basketball games. Just duck into the drawer on the left for quick links to scores and news, the full brackets, and expert pics. (And CBS has added the NIT tournament for good measure.)
If you’re looking for a really good all-around sports app, this is one to have. And it’s also excellent for this year’s dance.
Download: CBS Sports (Free)
Don’t wanna go through any of that? Just ask your phone. “Show me NCAA basketball tournament scores” will pull up the recent games in Google Now. No having to install and wade through any other apps than that. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s probably already on your phone.
If not …
Download: Google (Free)
Those are still our favorite pics. Did we miss something that’s worth checking out? Let us know in the comments. And may your bracket live beyond the weekend.