NCAA March MadnessThe Oscars are behind us, the political conventions are a few months out, so the next big thing is March Madness.  March Madness is the moniker given to capture this month’s worth of college basketball craziness.  It’s the annual event when teams compete for seeded bids to and then play in the Big Dance: the nation-wide 68-team single-elimination NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament to crown this year’s national champs at the Final Four in New Orleans.

SITES TO SEE

To stay in the know – and to help you fill out your bracket! – the college basketball sites of ESPN and Sports Illustrated are far and away the  best online resources for news and scores, opinions and entertainment.  ESPN features the personalities who’ve been at a ton of games through the season and the site simply brings a bunch of different voices, resources, and mucho other really stout stuff.  Bounce around at ESPN; you’ll dig features like the Headlines, the scoreboard ticker, Lunardi‘s Bracketology, and the solid timely updates from the front lines by reporters like Dana O’Neill (@dgoneil1) .  SI.com isn’t as newsy and doesn’t have the volume of features and material that ESPN dishes, but they do go in-depth about players and coaches with writers like Seth Davis and contributors like Greg Anthony, and teams with the aptly named Teams feature.  Plus, SI.com is my go-to-source to follow games and get scores from my phone.

CBS doesn’t have the big names or completeness of ESPN or SI, but can offer some value as a 3rd option in your rotation.  For example, CBS’ video page is pretty cool, especially the magical moments videos from past editions of the tournament that they put up recently.  Also, there is an NCAA web presence and it’ll give you a nice pdf to print brackets for pools.

WHO TO FOLLOW

For real-time info and insights from folks right in the middle of things, here’s my #MarchMadness starting lineup of who to follow on Twitter…

@DickieV: The one and only Dick Vitale lives and loves college hoops, baby.  He seems to be everywhere talking to everyone and he’s a fun, very active tweeter.

@SethDavisHoops: SI contributor Davis doesn’t go for volume, rather his tweets and blog posts offer some acute in-depth observations.

@GregAnthony50: Runnin’ Rebel’s tweets bring the energy of a true fan and the perspective of a player, a great combo.

@JayBilas: A critical thinker who has seen and pontificated on a bunch of basketball this season…I’d definitely trust this Dukie’s insights as you fill out your brackets, y’all.

@HoopsonCBS: Good for game progress updates.

…and coming off the bench if you want/need more:

@pacerCK: Clark Kellogg’s a courtside witness as he calls games for CBS.

@MarchMadness for some interesting timely info.

Enjoy the show!  I hope you pick this year’s 12-over-5 upset and the cinderella story, and take home some dough in your pool.

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