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March 19, 2013

Ready for March Madness? If not, get an app

Check out these cool apps for creating brackets and keeping up with all the games

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The company behind the app will send you all of the statistics once you’ve download it, and from there, you’ll be able to tailor your bracket by simply choosing which stats are most important to you.

Bracket Picker Madness is ideal for those folks who want to put together their brackets rather quickly without a lot of research or searching for statistics.

For iPhone users, there’s the app Simple Bracket that allows users to not only select this year’s teams, but  compete with their friends and family members too, which many apps in the past weren’t able to do without a certain level of difficulty or limited use.

The newly developed app allows you to win certain badge awards if you’re able to successfully predict game results and you’ll be able to see your friends' brackets as well, to make matching them up a lot easier.

Additionally, the creators of the app say that by working with a mathematician, they found a way that users can be properly rewarded for their predictions, especially those picks that turned out to be upsets.

Those interested in Simple Bracket will need a Twitter account to access the app, as it’s mainly designed to be used with other people who want to compete against you.

Thuuz

Then there’s Thuuz, the app that lets users know when the hottest and most popular games are being played. The company says it uses a combination of algorithmic analysis and media chatter to determine which games you should really be watching.

Thuuz will certainly be useful during the March Madness schedule, since it’s difficult to learn which games are on, and to know when tip-off times actually start.

But having constant alerts about when to turn on your TV, or having a friendly reminder about when you should access your mobile device for a game, can really come in handy for some.

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