3 Essential March Madness apps for iPhone

Selection Sunday is just around the corner. On March 13,  fans will find out which teams will be playing each other in the initial NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. From there on out, people will be creating brackets and placing their bets on the teams they think will win for the rest of the month.

Get ready in advance this year by downloading a few great apps for your iPhone. Here are three that are real winners:

NCAA Fan Zone: If you’re super social and want to connect with other basketball fans who’re just as excited about the upcoming tournament as you are, this is the app for you. NCAA Fan Zone lets you chat with other basketball fans. You do this by posting comments either about individual teams or specific games being played. You can even create groups and connect with offline friends through the app.

Basketball Madness: If you’re more of a solitary fan, Basketball Madness might be a better option. Instead of connecting with other fans, this app gives you all the information you could possibly want on the upcoming brackets and polls. There’s a fan blog, and even an extensive NCAA rulebook. Whether you’re a basketball expert wanting to double-check an obscure rule or an absolute newbie who needs to learn everything before the tournament starts, this comprehensive app has you covered.

ESPN Tournament Challenge: If what you’re looking for first and foremost is a way to keep track of and update your brackets, this app will do the trick. What it lacks in trash-talking features it makes up for in real-time updates and the ability to enter up to 10 brackets at a time. You can even watch live updates of all games using the ESPN Mobile Gamecast.

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