Good news, basketball fans. Google has been gradually upgrading the Now service to include a wider range of sports teams, and today Division I NCAA basketball teams from all over the US can be manually added to your personal Now results. Go into the Google Now settings page, tap "Sports," and search for your favorite school. Only basketball is supported at the moment - here's hoping that football teams are added before the season starts.

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Previously, a few NCAA teams were showing up in the Sports card dynamically, if you searched for them enough. Now you can make sure that you'll be alerted whenever your guys hit the boards. That's a very intentional use of "guys," by the way - women's teams are nowhere to be found. There's also a definite lack of smaller regional schools from the lower divisions. You won't be able to add Southwest Minnesota State University any time soon.

Thanks, Steven Koehl!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    How can they be still missing the KHL...

  • Disqus Sucks

    About freaking time. Google should have started with college sports, pro sports can take a flying leap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

    I still can't find a good reason to turn on Google Now. I don't care about sports, so this update doesn't do anything for me. The only USEFUL thing it does to me is UPS/Fedex tracking numbers. That alone isn't worth the battery life, I already know what day my crap is shipping most of the time.

    Is Now always just going to be more of a thing for people who live in bigger cities? I can see the appeal of it telling me what's going on close by, but I live in a dead, boring place. There's nothing going on near by. Or for two hours in any direction. Ever.

    • nsnsmj

      Yeah, that says more about you than Google Now. I don't live in a big city either, but I still get plenty of use with Google Now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I find appointment reminders that take traffic and destination coordinates into account and tell me when to leave priceless.

      Google Now really fascinates you once you travel somewhere with the extra cards that start popping up.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      what do you mean "justify the battery life" I was under the impression that Google now uses push like everything else Google.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    It still doesn't support the only sport I care about: Tennis.

    I like Google Now in theory, in practice, at least where I live, it barely works.

  • lotsamosi

    It doesn't work for me. If I search for 'state' as shown in the photo, I get no results.

    • lotsamosi

      I decided to restart my phone, and now I do get all the teams shown!

  • Mac

    I would like to see international sports added. Such as Rugby. Teams would be Munster and Ireland