Where do I begin.... The Good: Nice graphics New uniforms for some teams.
The bad: MANY missing teams-- not just teams not in a conference, but some conferences are missing a team or two. Arcade gameplay. College teams don't shoot near as well as they do in this game. Score-fest. Not realistic. Inaccurate player ratings. Some average/bench players on Mid-Major teams have certain rankings way higher than All-American candidates. Mr. Vitale. He was great like 15-20 years ago.... Getting kinda played out.
Summary: If you want a REALISTIC College Basketball Game then go pick up a used copy of College Hoops 2K8 and download updates rosters from 2K Share. If you want a better EA basketball game, NBA Live 09 is a better choice than this.
This game is really bad. I agree with another poster who said don't waste your time. The gameplay is terrible. The right joystick which is used for freestyle moves is absolutely pointless. These freestyle moves are for the most part ineffective, and the only moves that are consistent are simple crossover left and right, but thats only if your stationary.
Also, there is no play-calling. You can't call for a pick, or an isolation, or basket cuts, or anything. They do run plays on their own, but good luck knowing what your running, or getting anything out of the play.
Also, the ratings for some of the players in the game is ridiculous. I havnt gone through all of the teams, but I go to Virginia Tech, and Malcolm Delaney is probably the 3rd best player on the team. I know this because Ive watched every game. He is rated something like a 68, which is one of the worst rating of all the players on the team, and other guys like Hank Thorns, who cant score ever in real life cuz hes like 5'8, has awesome ratings.
It really seems like EASports put little or no effort into making this game at all. I would rather play NCAA 2K7 by 2KSports, because it may not have the new players, but it is a much much better game. Heck, I'd go back to playing NCAA 2005 on my PS2 before playing this P.O.S again, that atleast had plays that you could run, and effective freestyle.
This is really sad because I love college basketball, but there is no reason to play this game. There is nothing fun about it.
Pros: Graphics (kind of good) Arenas and Crowd (whoop-di-do)
Cons: Gameplay (overall terrible) Player Ratings (EA scouts should be fired) Pretty much anything else you can think of is bad
Seriously, if you have not gotten the point, please do yourself a favor and dont bother with this game. I honestly pity and feel really bad for anyone who likes or thinks this game is even average.