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March 26, 2015

Hoops Action: March Madness Apps for Windows Phone

Now through April 6, the U.S.’s top college basketball teams are competing in the Big Dance. Track all of the hoops action with your Lumia and these Windows Phone apps.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division 1 Basketball Championship is one of the U.S.’s most popular annual sports events and over the past week, the top 68 college basketball teams have been winnowed down to 16 (known as the “Sweet Sixteen”) in the single-elimination tournament.

The Sweet Sixteen will soon be cut to the Elite Eight then slashed to the Final Four, and the semi-final and final games will be played in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 4 and 6.

Who will win? Bing predicts it will be the University of Kentucky. And Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says it will be Duke University!

Whether you agree, fill out Bing’s March Madness Bracket Builder to see how your predictions stack up.

Then, no matter whether you live in the U.S. or halfway around the world, catch March Madness fever with these Windows Phone apps and your Lumia.

NCAA® March Madness® Live

Get the low-down on all the basketball action with this free and recently updated app for Windows Phone 8.1–from video recaps of games to up-to-the-minute scores and in-depth news and information on the teams still in the tournament as well as teams that have been eliminated.


You can also pick your bracket picks on your Lumia—choose between list view and bracket view—as well as watch every tourney game on your phone (log in with your cable TV provider).

CBS Sports

Follow each nail-biting game with this free app for Windows Phone 8 and up. On its “scores” page, CBS Sports gives you the NCAA basketball schedule and outcomes of the remaining games and if you swipe over to “videos,” you’ll see game highlights and recaps.

You can also hear see how the tournament is lighting up social-media boards by scrolling over to the app’s “tweets” section. For more information about this app, read our recent story here.


This app is another great way to keep up with the NCAA basketball tournament. I like it because you can switch between various ESPN channels like ESPNU and ESPNEWS to ensure you get the latest basketball news.

You can also view clips of the latest NCAA news and sports highlight on demand when it’s convenient for you. To learn more about WatchESPN, check out our recent story about it.


How are your basket-shooting skills? Try out your three-point throws with this free 3D game for Windows Phone 8 and up. Choose between three modes: Time Attack, Sudden Death, and Challenge.


You also have the choice of environments (such as Cool Arcadia and Nature Frenzy) and different types of basketballs (Fire Breather, Metal Crush). Flick the bouncing basketballs toward the seemingly tiny basket. Remember, it’s all in the wrist!

Want even more basketball-related apps? Head over to our March Madness Collection at the Windows Phone Store.

Now, tell us, which team do you think will be the last one standing? My money’s on UCLA!