Best Free iPad App of the Week: NCAA March Madness Live

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NCAA March Madness Live iPad app

One of the best things about using an iPad is all the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of. Better still, there are lots of great free apps for the iPad. Our Best Free iPad App of the Week posts highlight these apps.

This week’s pick is NCAA March Madness Live, the official app for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, freshly updated for 2013 madness.

Here’s some detail on the app via its App Store description:

NCAA® March Madness® LIVE offers these great features:
– Watch LIVE streaming of all 67 NCAA® Men’s Basketball Tournament games – Track the entire bracket live throughout the tournament
– Follow live scores, team and player stats – including a live lead tracker (iPad only)
– Make your picks and create groups in the Capital One NCAA® March Madness® Bracket Challenge, the official bracket game of the NCAA®


– Get live game alerts for upsets, overtimes, close games, and your favorite teams
– Join the conversation via Tournament Tweets, Game Tweets, and Facebook Fan Chat
– Watch recaps of all 67 games (available soon after each game)
– Live radio broadcast for all 67 games
– Use Channel Finder to see where each game is broadcast on all four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV
NCAA® March Madness® LIVE provides LIVE STREAMING VIDEO over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. Note: sufficient network coverage is required to stream live video.

March Madness Bracket

This year’s version of the app has some nice new features too:

Fully redesigned for the 2013 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament
– Fully redesigned Capital One NCAA® March Madness® Bracket Challenge
– Portrait and landscape support for most features, including watching live games, scores, stats, social content, and the tournament bracket (iPad only)
– Track Key Moments in real-time from every game, including the key video highlights, photos, and tweets based on social volume (iPad only)

I love this time of year and March in particular for a number of reasons. My daughter’s birthday, Spring in all its glory here in Texas, Spring Training for MLB teams, and one of the very best sporting events you’ll find anywhere in the world: March Madness.

The NCAA’s March Madness app does a great job at bringing this fantastic event to the iPad – and providing wire to wire coverage of the entire tournament. It will kick off with showing the Selection Sunday program letting us know the field for this year – so we can all get to work on our brackets.

The Selection Show

It’s worth noting that this year’s version requires that you sign in with your TV provider details to see all the live games that are shown on TBS, TNT and other cable networks. All the games on CBS are shown even if you don’t sign in.

paid TV subscription to TBS, TNT & truTV required for games broadcast on these three networks; CBS games do not require a paid TV subscription; 4 hour live video pass available prior to logging in.

If you’re a college hoops fan, this is a must-have app; the perfect companion to make sure you don’t miss a moment of the glorious madness.

Here’s an App Store link for NCAA March Madness Live.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week. We’ve also recently put together a best of the best of our selections from the last year in a Top 25 Best Free iPad Apps list.


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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