Best March Madness apps

The time is nearly upon us. On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (mark it on your calendars — like it's not already there!), the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament begins and all the coverage the comes along with it. Whether you're following your favorite team, just want to keep up-to-date on your bracket, or want to watch every game you can, there's an app that can make life a lot easier!

CBS Sports

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CBS Sports partly owns March Madness, so if you have a cable subscription and want to see all the games first-hand, then this is the app for you. Tune in to your favorite games on the Apple TV app or keep discreetly up-to-date with the Apple Watch app.

You can create brackets and pools between you and friends and family, and you can get news updates on the entire tournament, as well as any other sports that tickle your fancy, right in the app.

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CBS Sports is the best way to get everything March Madness straight from the horse's mouth.

Note: You do need a cable subscription to watch any live games.


My personal favorite sports app, theScore, is the perfect way to stay on top of all of your favorite leagues. You can choose your favorite teams, even follow individual players, and receive live notifications for the games that you can't sit down to watch.

You'll receive news updates for all your favorites and if you're at the game or in front of the TV to watch the action, you can simply mute notifications for that particular game (excellent feature).

If you love all things sports and are looking for an app that you'll use even after March Madness ends, then check out theScore.

ESPN Tournament Challenge

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The ESPN Tournament Challenge is built for the sole purpose of creating March Madness brackets and competing with other users for the chance to with $10,000. You can create up to 25 brackets and you might even win a trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational.

Creating brackets is quick and easy, thanks to the autofill feature, and the Bracketcast feature uses live scoring to help you follow upsets and underdogs, showing you in real time how they impact your brackets.

Compete in groups or on your own and even compete alongside or against celebrities and fan groups from all over the U.S. If you want to get in on the game and make things even more exciting, then check out the Tournament Challenge.



Want to experience the true madness of March Madness? Then you need to be right there and SeatGeek can help you out. In a sort of Kayak fashion. SeatGeek searches all the top online ticketing services, like StubHub and eBay, as well as the smaller ones to find you tickets to all the big games. You'll be able to comparison shop and find the best deals on seats.

Once March Madness ends, you'll still be able to use SeatGeek to find the best deals on concert tickets and tickets to Broadway shows.

NCAA March Madness Live

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Available only in the U.S., NCAA March Madness Live is your one-stop shop for making your picks and watching every game live. You'll get a free 3-hour preview, and then you'll need a TV subscription to watch the rest across TBS, TNT, and truTV, though, according to the app description, you don't need a paid TV subscription to watch CBS games.

You can also listen to a live radio broadcast from every game and see exclusive videos on-demand, which include classic games and your favorite teams. You can also view team rosters, stay up-to-date with news and highlights, and even get alerts on your Apple Watch.

If you live for all things March Madness, then NCAA March Madness Live is the app for you.



If you love talking smack about your favorite teams or simply love showing your support, then FanCred is where it's at. Connect with sports fans from all over the world and stream live video from the game to show folks that your team's kicking ass. Get real-time scores for all your teams, customize your profile to show your support, and watch other people's live streams 24 hours a day. You can also just hang out in Team Feeds and chat with other fans about how much your love your team.

If you love sports and love March Madness and just want to share that love (while occasionally ribbing other fans), then definitely download FanCred.


That's right! Siri can be your best friend in Madness. Ask Siri something like, "Hey Siri, what time does Duke play today?" and Siri will let you know! Or you can ask for the score from last night's game if you missed it. You can even ask about who's one past championships.

'Madness,' you say? THIS. IS. MARCH!

What's your favorite app for March Madness? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated March 2018: Updated screenshots for the apps that needed it. These are still the best iPhone and iPad apps for catching all the action and getting the most out of this year's NCAA tournament!

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