2011 NCAA Championship Now in 3D on Google Earth

The 2011 NCAA Championship in the U.S. promises to be as exciting as ever. Following an action-packed week of buzzer beaters, as Google created a new college basketball tournament map that lets you get as close as you can to the games without leaving your desk using 3D models of the tournament's 14 arenas. You […]

The 2011 NCAA Championship in the U.S. promises to be as exciting as ever. Following an action-packed week of buzzer beaters, as Google created a new college basketball tournament map that lets you get as close as you can to the games without leaving your desk using 3D models of the tournament's 14 arenas. You can take a virtual tour of the venues by watching the video below, or download this tour and open it in Google Earth.

Also, Google created a special page to keep track of all the excitement during the next few weeks. You can see an up-to-date tournament schedule, explore the college campuses in Street View and click through to watch the actual games on NCAA March Madness on Demand.

You can also create a bracket using Google Docs, read Google News articles on the games and download basketball apps from the Chrome Web Store.

With Chrome Web Store you can get the most current news, scores, videos and photos all in one place with apps like FanFeedr and LockerPulse.

If you're watching multiple games at once, don't miss an upset with Are You Watching This?! Sports app which shows you a scoreboard of all games you care about happening right now. You can also create personalized TV channel lineups for local cable and satellite TV providers that are automatically adjusted to your time zone.

You can even relive some of the best plays of the tournament with photos delivered by the Sports Illustrated Snapshot and create your own channels around your favorite college basketball teams.

Finally, a new "Distance Tool" on the map make it easier to measure how far schools have to travel from game to game.

Google college basketball Distance tool

It's all here (along with a fun surprise) at College Basket Ball 2011.

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