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March madness basketball schedule

Thanks to the super awesome Google Calendar Events plugin for WordPress by Ross Hanney, creating a this beautiful NCAA basketball game schedule took only five minutes. Beyond displaying game info, this it also demonstrates how easy it can be to display pubic Google calendar events with your own CSS flair in WordPress:

NCAA March Madness Game Schedule (click HERE for 2013 March Madness Schedule)

[google-calendar-events id="1" type="ajax"]

If you have a Gmail, you already have a Google calendar. Just create a publicly shared calendar within Google Calendar to use the Google Calendar Events (GCE) plugin with WordPress. For the purposes of this article, I have created my own public Google calendar and imported the March Madness Basketball events into it. I also installed the GCE plugin for WordPress and configured it to use that shared Google Calendar.

Here’s how you can do it:

[step 1] Publicly share a Google Calendar and note down the URL of the XML feed.

[step 2] Install the GCE plugin for WordPress.

[step 3] Configure the GCE plugin.

  1. Click Settings -> Google Calendar Events.
  2. Click Add Feed.
  3. Paste the URL to your public Google Calendar feed into the Feed field (the video shows you how to get it), set any feed related preferences and click Save.
  4. On any page or post use the following shortcode to embed a GCE calendar.
    ([)google-calendar-events id="1" type="ajax"(])
  5. Alternatively you can create a GCE widget and display it in the widget area of your theme.

That’s it.

March 15, 2011

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Comments for: March madness basketball schedule

  1. ben

    Is there a way I can import this calendar into my own googlecalendar?

    1. Post author: 
      David Vielmetter

      Absolutely! Here is the ZIP file containing the 2011 ICS calendar file.

      • You can download the ZIP and extract it to your desktop.
      • Then to import the ICS file (which is inside the zip) to your own Google calendar, click the Add link in the left hand column (right underneath the US Holidays calendar in the Other calendars section).
      • Then click Import calendar and choose the ICS file you just downloaded to your desktop. Boom, Done!
      • Alternatively you can also add the ICS file to Outlook or iCalendar if you don’t use Google Calendar

      Hope that helps.

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  3. B. Walden

    Is there a ZIP for 2012?

    1. Post author: 
      David Vielmetter

      I will post one shortly.

    2. Post author: 
      David Vielmetter

      Here is the schedule you can import to iCal or Outlook. It will change for Saturday and Sunday, so you’ll want to re-download later…http://davidvielmetter.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/2012_march_madness_schedule_so_far.ics

  4. Will

    2013 March Madness calendar ready???

    1. cedric

      yes please a 2013 calendar would be great as you are the only positive hit i’ve had in 2 days

      1. Post author: 
        David Vielmetter

        If you enter (2013 march madness bracket) into a Google Search, they’ve got a nice schedule there. I’m too busy with work this year to get a downloadable ical version up. You can see the google version here on my site at http://davidvielmetter.com/tips/2013-march-madness-bracket-schedule/
        .

        Cheers,
        David

      2. Post author: 
        David Vielmetter

        If you enter (2013 march madness bracket) into a Google Search, they’ve got a nice schedule there. I’m too busy with work this year to get a downloadable ical version up. You can see the google version here on my site at http://davidvielmetter.com/tips/2013-march-madness-bracket-schedule/
        .

        Cheers,
        David

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