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March Madness

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament begins today and for those who partake in March Madness there are a few Windows Phone apps in the Store to help you survive all the highs and lows of the games.

March Madness, for those not familiar, is one of the most popular sporting events around. Seventy-two teams will compete over the next few weeks to ultimately crown a NCAA Men's Basketball Champion. The event will generate billions in revenue and millions will be lost in job productivity due to everyone calling in sick to watch the games.

The number of apps exclusive to the NCAA Tourney have slimmed down a bit over the years but we were able to find a few for this roundup that should only help contribute to the chaos we know as March Madness.

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We have mentioned the Windows Phone app NCAA March Madness Live before. It is the official Windows Phone app for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament that delivers stats, news, scores and live streaming of all the tournament games to your Windows Phone.

This past week we were finally able to put the Windows Phone app to the test. Tournament games began last Thursday and we have been very pleased so far with the March Madness Live’s performance.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: March Madness

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament kicks off in a few days and we have a few Windows Phone apps that might help you keep up with all the on and off court action.

The Tournament is one of the most exciting sporting events and one where office pools and calling in sick are common place. We have a short roundup filled with apps to keep up with the scores, keep up with your tournament bracket, and catch a few games with.

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March Madness is coming soon to college basketball here in the United States. For college hoops fans this is the best time of the year. It’s when 68 college basketball teams come together and compete to be number one in the entire country. Late last month we learned that there would be an official app coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8 to allow you to watch every game this tournament. That Windows Phone app is now here.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: March Madness
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: March Madness

There are plenty of Windows Phone apps out there to help us follow the world of sports (ESPN and ScoreMobile come to mind). In a few days, teams will be announced for the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, affectionately known as March Madness.  Office pools will be created and tournament brackets will be filled out by the bazillions. People who haven't watched a single collegiate basketball game all season will call in sick to work so they can catch all the games. Madness may be an understatement.

With such an event just around the corner, this week's roundup will focus on March Madness apps. Windows Phone apps that will let you create your own bracket prediction, help you track tournament scores, and compete online to see how well your bracketology skills are.

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We're both flattered and excited to see that our own WPCentral App has been nominated in the 'news & entertainment' category for the March Madness contest by Nokia Conversations.

A total of 32 apps have been pitted against each other ranging from Carbon to Plants vz Zombies to IMdB. Voting will take place through out the week for the various categories with 'games' going on now. Our app is up against All About Windows Phone, which should have an interesting result (voting is in a few days). The winner will be crowned on April 2nd making this an exciting two-weeks of voting and teeth gnashing for all who are nominated.

We'd just like to extend our congratulations to our developer Jay Bennett and Rich Edmonds (who handled the graphics), as well as a thanks to Nokia Conversations for the nomination!

Source: Nokia Conversations; Thanks, Residing, for the heads up!

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Windows Phone App Review: PocketBracket

March Madness is upon us and PocketBracket is here to bring all the scores and bracketology to your Windows Phone.

PocketBracket helps eliminate the challenges of creating and managing your NCAA College Basketball Tournament brackets. Key features of the app include:

  • Create unlimited NCAA® tournament brackets
  • Automatic bracket scoring and ranking
  • Organize unlimited pools available across the PocketBracket Network
  • Create Private pools
  • Detailed Stats screens
  • Rotate for a full Bracket view
  • Get game scores and updates

You also have the ability to use a "SmartPick" feature to help you choose those too close to call games and share your picks through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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Mobile Madness 2011: more March Madness for WP7

We've got more March Madness hitting the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Mobile Madness 2011 brings the bracket, live scores and final scores from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to your Windows Phone.

Mobile Madness takes full advantage of the Windows Phone hub layout. The bracket will span three pages detailing every round of the tournament. Your Live Page will display the scores of current games in progress or due to start. You then go the the Final Page to review the final scores for the games.

The tournament bracket is currently empty and will be updated once the final tournament bids are awarded on March 13, 2011. The only thing missing with Mobile Madness is the ability to create your own Tournament Bracket to predict the winners. For that, you'll need to install Brackets.

Mobile Madness is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Brackets: March Madness for WP7

March Madness has arrived on your Windows Phone. Brackets is a bracket building app for Windows Phone 7 that walks you through the various rounds of the tournament, building your bracket along the way.

You start your bracket building with Round One, selecting the winning team by tapping on the name of that particular team. The four regions of the tournament are spread out in Metro Style and once you complete your Round One selections, you advance through the rounds until you reach the Final Four. Here you select the Final Four winners as well as the overall champion and game score. Once completed, simply tap "Email Bracket" and you can send yourself a printable version.

Currently the application is loaded with random College teams and once the official tournament bids are announced, the app will be updated on March 13th.

Brackets is a free application and can be found here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Mobile March Madness

With March Madness fully underway, many of us are looking for ways to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world of college basketball. Here is a look at some of the ways you can use your Windows Mobile phone towards that end.

  • Web browser - Many of the major names in sports news (ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sportsline, etc.) have made improvements to their mobile websites. My suggestion is try them all, see which one you like the most.
  • Text messages/Email - Most of the sites mentioned above offer some sort of alert service. The advantage of this obviously is that if you don
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