EA Sports Predicts Top Seed Louisville Will Win NCAA Division Championship

March 17, 2009


NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness
Edition Tournament Simulation Picks Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, And North
Carolina In Final Four

EA SPORTS today revealed that NCAA®
Basketball 09: March Madness® Edition on Xbox 360 has simulated the NCAA
Division I Men’s Basketball Championship bracket and predicted top-seeded
Louisville will win the national championship.

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 the 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. The complete EA SPORTS NCAA Basketball
09: March Madness Edition tournament simulation is available at


For the first time, EA SPORTS is
offering a downloadable tournament videogame that enables fans to play with all
the schools in NCAA March Madness. NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness Edition is
available exclusively for the Xbox 360 through Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 1200
Microsoft points.The game is currently available to download with last year’s
tournament teams but on March 18 it will feature the official Selection Sunday
brackets and updated team ratings. Fans will be able to authentically play
through the entire NCAA Tournament with their favorite team under the same
conditions they’ll face throughout March Madness.

In addition, EA SPORTS has created a
Selection Sunday Bracket Pack that will be available free to fans who own NCAA
Basketball 09 on Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3. The Selection Sunday Bracket
features a downloadable 65-team NCAA Tournament bracket and updated team

NCAA Basketball 09: March Madness
Edition is developed at EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C. The game is rated “E” for
everyone by the ESRB.