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'NCAA Basketball 09 March Madness Edition' Predicts Final Four, Winner

by Rainier on March 16, 2009 @ 6:04 p.m. PDT

Electronic Arts' official downloadable NCAA Tournament edition of its college basketball video game NCAA Basketball 09 will be available to download exclusively on Xbox Live, just in time for the start of the NCAA tournament.

Fans will be able to replicate the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship bracket and play with all the schools in NCAA March Madness. The 2009 Tournament tips off exclusively on CBS Sports on March 19th.

NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness Edition initially feature teams from last year's tournament, and then beginning on March 18, will feature the just-announced official Selection Sunday brackets and accurate teams with updated ratings.

NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness Edition will re-create all the atmosphere and intensity of NCAA March Madness by enabling fans to authentically replicate the entire NCAA Tournament and play through the "virtual bracket" with their favorite team under the same conditions they'll face throughout March Madness. Take on the challenge of leading any of the 65 schools competing on the road to the Final Four, from the opening round right through to a virtual reproduction of the Final Four on the authentic Ford Field court in Detroit, where one team will be crowned NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Champion on April 6, 2009.

According to a computerized simulation on the using new team ratings that reflect the just-announced official Selection Sunday seedings, EA SPORTS predicts the Final Four schools will be Louisville versus Memphis in one semifinal and Pittsburgh against North Carolina in the other semifinal. Louisville will defeat Pittsburgh, 76-70, to win the national championship.

The four No. 1 seeded teams in the tournament are Louisville, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Connecticut, as determined by the NCAA selection committee.

Prior to last year’s NCAA tournament, EA SPORTS correctly predicted 23 of the 32 first round tournament games (72%) and simulated the 2008 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, correctly predicting the outcome of all 12 games.

NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness Edition challenges gamers to replicate their school's style of play, set the tempo and win. Plus, the game features Division I coaches in-game providing real time instruction and feedback, helping gamers control the tempo by executing their team's offense and defense to perfection.

Download NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness Editionm rated E for Everyone, through Xbox Live Marketplace and follow the tournament through NCAA March Madness on Demand, the free, live, online streaming of all tournament games available at and

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