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Five apps to follow college basketball during the NCAA March Madness tournament


March is the month that college basketball takes center stage for sports fans. The NCAA selects its finest Division I teams and they battle it out until one team takes the title. It's an adventure if you can stay glued to your TV, but most of us have other commitments that take us away from the action. Folks with an iPhone or iPad can still keep up with games in their spare time thanks to a variety of sports and March Madness apps in the iOS App Store.

Apps like BuddyTV and Grokr have been updated to support the March Madness tournament and will help you keep up to date with the game schedule on TV and the results of each game. There are also a handful of dedicated sports apps that'll let you watch the action live on your device, track the winners and losers in each bracket and more (all prices are USD).

PocketBracket, iPhone, $0.99

PocketBracket is a March Madness app to create brackets that are scored and ranked throughout the tournament. You can also create public or private pools for people to join. To keep track of the tournament, PocketBracket has game schedules, scores and other stats.

March Madness Live, iOS Universal, Free

This is the official app to watch the March Madness games live on your iOS device. Unlike previous years where you could pay a fee to watch the games, the 2013 version of the app is tied to your cable TV account.

Sportsfans, iPhone, $0.99

Sportsfans is a social location app that lets you find local sporting events, sports bars and tailgating parties. It's not specific to March Madness, but it will let you find March Madness tournament parties.

theScore, iOS Universal, Free

theScore is your go-to app for keeping track of March Madness scores. With a focus on alerts, the app lets you know when a game begins, when it ends and gives you the halftime score. It also alerts you when there is an upset in progress so you can jump on and catch the action.

Thuuz iPhone, free

Thuuz is an app that tracks the hottest sporting events and alerts you as they are happening. The sports feed in the app shows the latest scores, the best games and your friends statuses. You can tap on a game and see the score and all the stats.

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