March Madness kicks off this week with the first round of games in the popular NCAA basketball tournament. College fans who want to track their favorite teams and follow the live action can do so on their iPad and iPhone using the following apps.
NCAA March Madness Live [iOS Universal; Free]
The NCAA March Madness live app with be streaming all 67 tournament games live, allowing cable subscribers to follow the games on their iOS device. If you don't have a cable subscription, you can watch the games broadcast from CBS for free. There is also a free, three-hour live video pass that you can use before you are required to login. The app also includes highlights and scores from each game as well as a bracketing game to help you pick the winning team this year.
ESPN Tournament Challenge [iOS Universal; Free]
ESPN Tournament Challenge is one of the best bracketing apps in the iOS App Store. Not only can you pick your own winners and losers, you can compete with others to see who is the king at picking teams. Basketball fans can follow pre-defined groups that are led by sports personalities or create their own groups for family and friends to join.
TuneIn Radio [iOS Universal; Free]
Westwood One will be providing live audio streams of the NCAA tournament through the TuneIn Radio app. There will be multiple channels allowing you to listen to each game in its entirety. A national channel will switch from game to game, providing highlights of the best action as it happens.
Those who want to follow on the Mac can turn to the web for their up-to-date tournament information. The NCAA website will provide a live stream of all 67 tournament games with some restrictions. Users can watch any CBS game for free, but they will have to log in with their cable TV credentials for those games broadcast by TBS, TNT and truTV. Mac owners can listen to a live audio stream courtesy of WestWood One SportsBreaking coverage, analysis and highlights are available on CBSSports.com and Bleacherreport.com.