I grew up in North Carolina where we’re all very serious about college basketball. When you live within a few miles of both UNC and Duke, and in the general vicinity of Wake Forest let’s just say your March Madness brackets aren’t just a fun thing you do with friends — you’re drawing potentially friendship-ending lines in sand.
Ok, maybe it’s not that serious. But it’s definitely a big event. I can remember having coworkers call in sick so they could catch their team play or reschedule big meetings just so they could be huddled around the television. It was always something it seemed like everyone was into, much more so than it does in my home now in California.
If March Madness is still serious business for you (it certainly is for me) then Alexa can be a decent resource this year in keeping track of the big event.
Listen to Livestreams
This year Amazon partnered with Westwood One to create a new livestream and post-game broadcast skill. To use this you’ll need to enable the Westwood One Sports skill. When you do, if you ask a question like “Who is winning the Carolina game?” you’ll get the score, and also an option to tune into an audio livestream of the game, starting March 13.
If you get stuck in a meeting and miss a game entirely, Alexa can give you the final score and play an optional audio recap of the game when you ask who won.
If you enable the NCAA March Madness skill you can also ask Alexa for real-time tournament scores, schedule information and live radio feeds of the games. Requests like “Alexa, ask March Madness what games are on now? Or “Alexa, ask March Madness to play the Oregon versus Iona game” will work with this one.
If you’re not really looking for a livestream but still want to stay informed, Alexa has a few options for that this March Madness as well. Specifically, you can ask her things like:
“Alexa, when does Michigan State play next?”
“Alexa, who’s in the Elite Eight?”
“Alexa, what teams are still left in March Madness?”
“Alexa, who does Duke play next in the tournament?”
You can also ask her for her predictions on who will win this year, and for historical info like who won the tournament in past years.
And yes, if you’re into Dad jokes, asking Alexa to “Tell me a basketball joke” will score you one of those as well.