Friday, March 16, 2012

[G] Hoop fans rejoice... the tournament is back!

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Google Lat Long: Hoop fans rejoice... the tournament is back!

Are you ready sports fans? College basketball nirvana has returned and the anticipation is building on campuses across the country. To celebrate this most wondrous time of the sporting year I've produced my fifth edition college basketball tournament map. Whether you're using Google Maps or Google Earth, we've got you covered. To kick things off, I’ve created a Custom Map to serve as an easy reference for the home bases of all participating teams.

Next, watch the video below for a bird’s eye peek at the home stadiums in 3D across the country, as seen in Google Earth.

Want to explore a little deeper? Download this KMZ file to view all home cities and stadiums as an overlay directly in Google Earth. With 3D models of many of the 14 tournament venues, you can get a sense for what it’d be like to visit the stadiums without ever leaving your dorm room, living room, or office.

While creating this year’s map, I also came across the following bits of trivia you can use to flaunt your hoops knowledge and amaze your friends:
  • This year’s field is resplendent with color: Orangemen, Crimson, Bluejays, Blue Devils, Golden Bears, and Golden Eagles
  • As usual, the field contains a cast of characters: Billikens, Commodores, Mountaineers, 49ers, Aztecs, Cavaliers, Hilltoppers, Hoosiers, Runnin’ Rebels, Musketeers, and Titans
  • Finally, the traditional adversaries of dogs and cats are well represented: Bulldogs, Greyhounds, Lobos, Huskies, Hoyas, and the Wolfpack versus Bearcats, Bobcats, Wildcats, Tigers, Catamounts, and Cougars
For even more tournament tools, visit College Hoops 2012 -- Google’s one-stop-shop providing basketball fans with everything they need to follow their favorite teams and connect with other fans. For our tournament picks, we looked back at search trends to see how Google would have fared if we used search volume to fill out our brackets. You’ll also find details on Google+ hangouts with teams around the country, a Zagat dining guide for recommendations on where to watch the game, and search tips for finding scores for the most recent buzzer beaters.

Enjoy the games and best of luck to all the competing teams!

Posted by Adam Hughes, Google Play Developer Support and college hoops fan

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