March 12, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
March Madness is at your doorstep. The official app for watching NCAA Men’s Tournament games is available now, so that means it’s time to start filling out those brackets before tip off this Thursday. And since you now have 68 teams to monitor this year, you’re probably going to want a good bracket tracker for Android phones.
Depending on how you’re organizing your NCAA tournament pool, there are a few bracket apps worth trying. These apps will make it easier to follow your picks from the play-in round all the way to the Final Four. Click the image icon to go to Google Play and look out for upsets!
Yahoo has continued its annual competition to see who can pick the best bracket. A perfect bracket will nab some genius $5 million, and the best bracket will earn $10,000. You can also just play for fun or organize your pool through a private group. There’s no group management on the mobile device, but you can make or adjust picks. Yahoo! will then show your position in group standings, and multiple brackets can be tracked within the app.
ESPN has its own Tournament Challenge, offering $10,000 to someone who ranks in the Top 1% of accurate picks. Unlike Yahoo, you can pretty much do everything within the app, including joining multiple groups and filling out a bracket. Though most of it is just a mobile site within a wrapper, the Bracket Bound app offers a lot of info. Users can monitor their favorite team, see video analysis and highlights from ESPN, and get news stories. But if you just want to see your picks, head to the Live Bracket to see what you got right and wrong.
In addition to watching and listening to live games, MML has an excellent live tracker. The app has a live stream of tweets about the tourney, scrollable live scores, schedules and TV listings, and box scores. Bracket hunters can enter the tournament challenge (up to 5 different brackets to win prizes), but strangely viewed in the web rather than the app. That’s disappointing, but you might overlook it thanks to a nice design and the ability to get live scores or notifications at the end of halftime, regulation, or overtime.
For the fans that are keeping things old school and collecting paper ballots from people in the office, you can still digitize things y using Bracket Pool Manager. The app lets users create a Pool and then enter in participants’ individual brackets. It’s manual and can take some time, but it may be useful for someone who needs a direct look at results rather than going back and forth through papers. Pool managers can track results, customize points settings, and use this app to know who wins the top prize.