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The 2013 NCAA College Basketball Championships, better known as March Madness or the Big Dance, is about to begin. Easily the most popular college sports event in the US, March Madness is a pair of three week long long single elimination tournaments that pack 130 games into three weeks on non-stop action. This year's madness starts March 19th for the men's teams and March 23rd for the women.
Many of the games happen during working hours posing a problem for fans whose employers block sports sites at work or for other reasons can't send hours a day glued to the PC or TV. That makes the mobile web a perfect match for March Madness.
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March Madness has begun. In the US that means the three week long NCAA College Basketball Championships, an elimination tournament to determine the top US men's and women's college basketball teams. It's an exciting series leading up to the final "Sweet 16", "Elite 8", "Final 4" rounds and the nation championship game.
This year the men's tournament began March 13th and ends with the national championship on April 2nd. The women's tourney runs from March 17th to April 1st.
March Madness is easily the most popular college sports event in the country. Many of the 130 games in the men's and women's tournaments are played during working hours. Millions of workers follow the games on their PCs. Millions more keep up with the tournament using their phones. Here's a list of the major mobile web sites for March Madness coverage. Most work with all mobile browsers.
ESPN Men's NCAA (image top, left)
m.espn.go.com/ncb/ The number one mobile sports online destination has a particularly attractive and usable March Madness site. It has just about everything you could possibly want in the way of coverage including live play by play, news, scores, schedules, analysis, photos, team and player profiles and the "Daily Line" betting point spreads for upcoming games.
ESPN Women's NCAA (image top, right)
m.espn.go.com/ncw/ ESPN's coverage of the women's NCAA Backetball Championships generally miirors their men's coverage feature wise with live play by play, news, scores, schedules, analysis, photos and team and player profiles.
Yahoo Tourney Pick'em (above, left)
m.yahoo.com/w/tourney/ Yahoo's March Madness site has live scores, game stats, schedules, news, photos, columnist blogs and analysis. But the big draw is the Tourney Pick'em fantasy contest with a $10,000 grand prize.
MSN/Fox NCAA Tourney (above right)
sports.mobile.msn.com/en-us/NCAABK/ MSN/Fox Sports has a dedicated March Madness page with news, scores, brackets, standings, team profiles, photos and video highlights.
MSN/Fox NCAA Tourney Touch (above, left)
extreme.mobile.msn.com/sports/cbk/ The "touch" web version of the MSN/Fox Tourney site works on most smartphones. Compared with the regular version it has more and larger photos, higher quality videos and a live score ticker.
Score NCAA (above right)
m.thescore.com/ncaab/ As befits its name, the Score's March Madness front page shows auto-refreshing live scores for games in progress and results for completed games. Click a game to see more details including box scores and the betting line and to add your comments to the live blog.
NBC Sports College BB
m.nbcsports.com/s/2004/Home? NBC's mobile college basketball page has extensive coverage of both the men's and women's tournaments with scores, feature articles, game recaps, videos and some of the best sports photography on the mobile web.
NCAA March Madness
m.ncaa.com The official NCAA mobile site has lots of March Madness coverage including reports and photos from the top games and scores for completed games.
CBS Sports College BB (above, left)
wap.sportsline.com/s/showPage.do?pageId=8449761 CBS Sports' College Basketball page is pretty much devoted to March Madness while the tournament is on . Besides scores and tournament news this site features videos, schedules by bracket, standings, team profiles and statistics.
SB Nation NCAA Tournament (above, right)
mobile.sbnation.com/2012-ncaa-tournament/ The upstart online sports community, SB Nation has extensive blog style coverage of March Madness with photos, videos and reader comments.
March Madness, the NCAA College Basketball Championships has begun. The men's tournament started yesterday Mar. 16th and the women's series begins on Saturday. Both feature the top 65 US college teams in a 3 week long single elimination tournament.
March Madness is easily the most popular college sports event in the country. I think its appeal is due to the large number of teams, which increases the chances of your alma mater participating, and for gamblers, the lure of so many chances to win in a short period of time. It also helps that each successive round cuts the pool in half with the later rounds having the memorable alliterative names like "Sweet 16", "Elite 8" and "Final 4".
With multiple games happening most days it's not easy to keep up with the tournament, particularly if you're working and can get to a computer or TV. Fortunately there's no shortage of mobile web sites that can help you follow all the action on from your web enabled phone. Here are my picks for the topMarch madness mobile sites.
ESPN The mobile sports has separate sections for the Men's (m.espn.go.com/ncb/) and Women's (m.espn.go.com/ncw/) tournaments. Coverage of each series includes live play by play, news, scores, schedules, analysis, photos and team and player profiles. ESPN also lists the "Daily Line" point spreads for upcoming men's games for the benefit of gamblers and has a Tournament Challenge fantasy game with a $10,000 prize for the winner.
Yahoo (m.yahoo.com/w/tourney/) is taking a different approach to March Madness this year by featuring a Tourney Pick'em contest with a million dollar price to anyone who picks a perfect bracket. The site also has also live scores, game stats, schedules, news, photos, columnist blogs and analysis.
MSN/Fox Sports NCAA Tourney (sports.mobile.msn.com/en-us/NCAABK) is a dedicated March Madness page with news, scores, brackets, standings, team profiles, photos and video highlights. There's a touch web version of the site at extreme.mobile.msn.com/sports/cbk/ which is available on most phones, not just the iPhone.
The Score's (m.thescore.com/ncaab) auto-refreshing March Madness page shows the latest live scores for today's games. Click a game to see more details including the betting line. A settings page lets you configure the auto refresh frequency and set your time zone.
NBC Sports' (nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/3152981) mobile college basketball page has extensive coverage of both the men's and women's tournaments including scores, feature articles, game recaps and some of the best sports photography on the mobile web.
CBS Sports' (wap.sportsline.com/s/11411/) college basketball page is pretty much dedicated to March Madness while the tournament is on . Besides scores and tournament news the site features videos, schedules by bracket, standings, team profiles and statistics.
Links to these sites, and any others I discover during the tournament, can be found on the WapReview Directory's mobile friendly March Madness page for your mobile browsing convenience.