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NCAA March Madness 2001 (PSX) Preview

Publisher: EA Sports
Release Date: Nov 2000

Background Info

NCAA March Madness 2001 once again brings the college basketball video game experience to the next level with many new and updated features from the 2000 edition, which was called by some the best basketball video game of all-time.

Coach Mode™ is the newest addition to the March Madness stable of gameplay modes. This feature allows masters of the “X's and O's” to work their way up from a small college to “shoe contract-U” where they vie for the NCAA title. In addition, Dynasty Mode™ and the playbooks have been expanded, for those gamers who want to dabble in the behind the scenes action of college basketball.

New recruits on campus for March Madness 2001 include Bill Raftery as color commentator and Verne Lundquist as the play-by-play announcer. Also, legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will lend his college basketball expertise to MM 2001 to ensure the production team captures all that makes the college game great.

Steve Francis once again brings the on-court wizardry that earned him NBA Co-Rookie of the Year honors to the March Madness franchise. Over 20 of Francis' best moves, were motion captured, including the dunks he performed in the 2000 NBA dunk contest, and will be available in the game.

March Madness 2001 also features an all-time top-team tournament that allows gamers to face off as the greatest teams of all time on the road to the NCAA championship. Also, to go along with Dynamic Ball Control™, March Madness 2001 features Dynamic Post Control that allows players to have a more complete inside game.

Key Features

  • All New Mo-Capped Moves by Steve Francis. 100 new animations including all new dunks, finger rolls, runners, floaters and reverse layups.
  • New Coach Mode™ - Work your way up the coaching ladder and take your program to the Final Four™
  • Enhanced inside game allows players to tussle for post position and shake and shimmy for open shots down low.
  • College basketball expertise lent to the game by legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • Authentic College Atmosphere – Actual school fight songs played by actual college bands. Also, team-specific chants and cheers for a true-to-life college basketball feel.
  • Faster Gameplay - Faster frame rate and faster moves for the more realistic action on the hardwood.
  • All New Commentary - Go “Man to Man” and use “the kiss” with analysis from Bill Raftery alongside play-by-play from Verne Lundquist.
  • Team-specific playbooks and play styles let you run up the score with Cincinnati or slow it down and run the back-door offense of Princeton.
  • All-time Top-Teams Tournament enables players to drive the road to the Final Four™ with the top 64 teams of all-time.
  • New Improved Fast Break AI- run the floor in the fast break and hit the wing for the three-ball or the cutter for the layup.
  • Dynamic Ball Control™ allows gamers unparalleled ball handling capabilities.
  • Enhanced Dynasty Mode™. Gamers are still able to recruit and manage of teams for years, even decades.
  • Over 150 men's Division 1 teams and 16 women's Division I teams, and 20 historical men's teams.
  • Over 150 complete 3D rendered arena environments.
  • Team specific uniforms incorporate team colors and logos.
  • TV-style presentation with more than ten adjustable camera angles and instant replay with a full 360° view.
  • Detailed player ratings supplied by Broadband Sports based upon 2000-01 rosters.
  • Weekly Top 25 Polls show conference and overall standings.
  • Championship week. All conference tournaments are represented with their unique brackets.
  • There are no current plans for a Playstation 2 version of March Madness 2001, at least this year.

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