On Tuesday, the 2013 NCAA Men’s Tournament starts with the first round play-in games. Finally, March Madness is here and my teams are in!
Butler University (my alma mater) is a #6 seed in the East region. The other team I’ll follow are the Illinois Fighting Illini, which are a #7 seed in the East region as well. If the two face each other, I’m siding with Butler!
There was a time when I actually took off work and got together with a bunch of buddies to watch the opening rounds. We’d settle in at a bar late Thursday morning and pretty much catch every game through Sunday (not all at the bar – well maybe most of them). Ah, those were the days…
But a lot has changed since those days. March Madness now means an extension of the craziness in January and Februar and likely to continue into April. Besides, between family and my job, I know starting Tuesday, I’ll barely have enough time to write this blog – let alone follow the tournament action. Luckily, for me and you, I came across 5 great apps to help you follow March Madness:
- March Brackets (available for Apple and Android platforms) $0.99
- PlayUp – Where Sports Get Social: (available for Apple and Android platforms) FREE
- Team Stream: (available for Apple and Android platforms) FREE
- Sporting News NCAA Basketball: (available for Apple and Android platforms) FREE
- Mobile Madness: (available for Apple and Android platforms) FREE
I went with th Mobile Madness but might try a couple of others to see what how well the UI treats me.
This will be the first year that I’ll follow the March Madness via mobile app. I’m actually looking forward to this approach because I have no doubt that’ll be in work meetings most of Thursday and Friday.
While Butler and the Illini are my favorite teams, I’m not seeing either team winning it all; although it was just a couple of years ago Butler made back to back runs to the Championship game. My predictions for this year’s tournament is Miami (FL) taking it all.
Why? They came on strong late in the year and won the ACC outright and also won the conference tournament. I actually have Wisconsin playing against Miami in the championship because I believe the Big 10 should be represented (and this isn’t the year for the Illini).
My predictions are purely based on emotions. If I wanted to really get tough and scientific, I’d probably have either Louisville or Kansas as the winner . But this year’s tournament is so wide open. Conventional thinking be damned on this one.
Check out all my March Madness Predictions. You might think I’m a genius or know absolutely nothing about college basketball.
So am I crazy to pick Miami? Who are you going for? Who’s in your Final Four?