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March Basketball Mania Online Companion

Your guide to online coverage of the road to The Big Dance -- from streaming video and bracket resources, to the best blogs and Facebook apps.

For a blogs-eye-view of the games, bookmark these:

Hoops To Go

This year CBS is again providing game coverage to mobile devices -- but there's no live streaming yet. Verizon Wireless and AT&T customers can get real-time scoring updates, stats, highlights in video clip form, and tournament news on their handhelds. Just about everyone else can get free alerts from ESPN via SMS service. ESPN says the service is compatible with most mobile carriers.

Tickets

Despite the variety of digital options for enjoying the tournament, there are always those who want to cheer from courtside seats. The bad news is tickets to NCAA championship games are tough to come by. The good news is that there's Ticketwood, a ticket comparison shopping service, and Ticket Solutions, a site that boasts, "all tickets are backed by our unprecedented 200% money back guarantee."

Old School
If you can't be online, there's always that other glowing box: your TV. Check broadcast schedules here.

live streaming audio is available from some Westwood One radio stations; find one near you with the station finder.

Finally, if watching 63 basketball games isn't enough madness for you, try NBA Live's March Madness '08 for xBox reviewed here.