06:40 PM - November 16, 2006 by Steve_OS
FLORIDA AND KANSAS TOP RATED TEAMS IN NCAA MARCH MADNESS 07; UCLA PICKED TO WIN EA SPORTS MAUI INVITATIONAL OVER MEMPHIS
NCAA March Madness 07 Demo will be Available to Download Beginning Nov. 20 from Xbox Live Marketplace
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 16, 2006 – Defending NCAA Division I champion University of Florida is the top rated team in NCAA® March Madness® 07, the No. 1 selling college basketball videogame* developed by EA SPORTS™. The computer-generated preseason poll from NCAA March Madness 07 ranks the Gators as the top team in NCAA Division I men’s basketball, followed by Kansas (2), North Carolina (3), Arizona (4) and LSU (5).
NCAA March Madness 07 debuts on the Xbox 360 with a strategic basketball gameplay experience and all-new interactive environments that capture the intensity and atmosphere that characterize college basketball. Fans will have the opportunity to download a NCAA March Madness 07 demo from Xbox Live Marketplace on November 20. This demo will feature No. 1 ranked Florida against the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks.
“With insight from college basketball coaches across the country, as well as ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb, we’ve established detailed ratings for every team and player in the game,” said NCAA March Madness 07 producer Sean O’Brien. “We believe our ratings accurately reflect the college basketball landscape and help create a rich and authentic experience while playing NCAA March Madness 07.”
The EA SPORTS Top 25 ignores current injuries to players and projects all players on all teams to be healthy and performing up to the expectations of the experts consulted when NCAA March Madness 07 ships to stores across the country in January 2007.
According to a computerized simulation using NCAA March Madness 07, UCLA is projected to win the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational over Memphis, 79-74. Three teams in this year’s EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, which runs November 20-22, are ranked in the new EA SPORTS Top 25, including UCLA (11), Memphis (14), and Georgia Tech (21).
The official NCAA March Madness 07 website will host news and information on this year’s game, interviews with ESPN commentators Dick Vitale and Brad Nessler as well as contests, videos, and screenshots. Go to www.MarchMadness07.com for the latest news and features for NCAA March Madness 07.
EA SPORTS Maui Invitational simulation from NCAA March Madness 07 videogame:
Memphis def. Oklahoma, 84-67
Georgia Tech def. Purdue, 67-56
Kentucky def. DePaul, 74-71
UCLA def. Chaminade, 72-47
Memphis def. Georgia Tech, 81-78
UCLA def. Kentucky, 75-61
UCLA def. Memphis, 79-74
EA SPORTS Top 25
3. North Carolina
9. Texas A&M
10. Ohio State
21. Georgia Tech
23. San Diego State
24. Oklahoma State
Never before have home court and the home crowd meant more as your players either rise to the occasion or wilt under the pressure of charged-up, authentic college courts in NCAA March Madness 07. Feel the intensity rise, then watch as each player responds differently, trying to maintain composure. As the atmosphere heats up your player composure ratings affect the all-new Intensity Control that changes momentum by allowing you to pump up the crowd, motivate your teammates, raise your own composure or even intimidate your opponent. Plus, become immersed in the game like never before by interacting with student sections, school mascots, cheerleaders, and even the band.
With the most advanced ESPN integration package available in NCAA March Madness 07, fans connected online via Xbox LIVE® will be able to watch college basketball game highlights, segments from ESPN programs like Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn, interviews and analysis from SportsCenter, and more. Fans will also be able to download and listen to ESPN radio podcasts and have access to ESPN Radio SportsCenter updates every 20 minutes, the ESPN Ticker and ESPNews.
NCAA March Madness 07 is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., and will be available on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB.