The NCAA tournament is one of the most exciting postseasons in sports, and the 2014 edition of March Madness will live up to the vast expectations. Whether you are at home or on the road, every college basketball fan can get in on the live-streaming action.
If you have the luxury of being at a computer (likely while you are forced to work during the round of 64), the NCAA has teamed with Turner Broadcasting to offer a live stream for every game played during the tournament at the official March Madness Live website.
For those fans stuck on the road or away from the computer, the NCAA offers a mobile app on your smartphone or tablet. Just sign in with local cable provider information and start watching any game you want.
Here are all the vital links college basketball fans need to enjoy March Madness, a full schedule of games and all the viewing information needed to enjoy the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Cinderella Teams That Will Shine
North Dakota State Bison (25-6, 12-2 Summit)
There are few fans giving credit to the No. 12 seed North Dakota State Bison. The college basketball world will be forced to admire what the team accomplishes, though, when they knock off the No. 5 seed Oklahoma Sooners in the second round.
While North Dakota State isn’t the fastest or the biggest team in the tournament, the program has taken the typical small-school route to the NCAA tournament by using efficient shooting to advance.
Oklahoma is not taking its opponent lightly, though, as the team’s official Twitter shared:
Led by a trio of seniors who lead by example and top scorer Taylor Braun (18.2 points per game), the Bison will not be overwhelmed by the stage. Not only does NDSU rank first in the nation with a field-goal percentage of .509, but they are also 12th in the country in fewest turnovers per game.
The battle between the No. 5 seed and No. 12 seed is notorious for upsets, and North Dakota State is looking to carry its momentum from the Summit League and carry it over into the big dance.
Predicted Second-Round Winner: North Dakota State defeats Oklahoma, 77-74
Mercer Bears (26-8, 14-4 A-Sun)
For the college basketball fans who don’t know about the Mercer Bears yet, it’s time to take the No. 14 seed seriously as it prepares to stun the world and knock off the No. 3-seeded Duke Blue Devils.
After a loss to Virginia in the ACC finals and three losses since Feb. 20, Duke has not played well heading into the NCAA tournament. With just two losses since Feb. 7 and a conference title, Mercer couldn’t be playing any better.
There are others that believe Mercer could upset Duke, and as Seth Davis of CBS Sports explained, he was torn as well:
The Bears have the scoring talent (25th in the nation with 79.3 points per game) and the efficiency (29th with a .475 field-goal percentage) to consistently put pressure on the Blue Devils, but Mercer is also dangerous in the defensive end.
The Bears totaled 38 rebounds per game (38th in the nation), and will battle Duke for every loose ball. That tenacity and all-around pressure will be too much for the Blue Devils to top in the second round.
Predicted Second-Round Winner: Mercer defeats Duke, 80-77
*Stats via ESPN.com.