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<+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++> | | |NCAA March Madness 2003 FAQ | |For the PlayStation 2 | |By: W. Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org) | |Version 1.1 | |5/4/2003 | | | <+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++> +=================+ |Table of Contents| +=================+ 1. Legal Information 2. Version History 3. Introduction 4. Controls 5. EA Sports Freestyle Control 6. The Plays 7. The Main Menu 8. Game Modes 9. Walkthrough/Helpful Hints 10. Giving Credit Where It's Due /========================\ +| 1. Legal Information |+ \========================/ This FAQ is the sole property of W. Dixon. This FAQ is not to be used for any selfish ambitions (money, glory, etc.). This FAQ will only be found on GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com) and the IGN Network (www.ign.com), since many other sites can't update when I update. So do not bother asking me if you can host this FAQ. /======================\ +| 2. Version History |+ \======================/ Version 1.1 5/4/2003 Just started this FAQ. /===================\ +| 3. Introduction |+ \===================/ Welcome to W. Dixon's FAQ on NCAA March Madness 2003. This is my first time writing a FAQ for not just a sports game, but a game for the mighty PlayStation 2. This is more of a FAQ that will help people get into the game. There is no real strategy for NCAA MM. Go out, play hard, and win. So let's get things started, shall we? /===============\ +| 4. Controls |+ \===============/ UNIVERSAL CONTROLS Move player = Left Analog Stick (hereafter known as L.A.S.) Turbo = R1 Button Pause = Start Button BASIC OFFENSIVE CONTROLS These are the basics to the game: Shoot = Circle Button Pump Fake = Tap Circle Button Pass = X Button Crossover = Square Button Spin = Triangle Button Back down Defender = L1 Button Alley-Oop = R2 Button Direct Pass = L2 and X, Triangle, Circle, or Square Dive = R2 Button (when ball is loose) Timeout = Select Button Offensive Plays = 4 D-Pad directions EA Sports Freestyle Control = Right Analog Stick (hereafter known as R.A.S.) ADVANCED OFFENSIVE CONTROLS Hold the L1 Button to perform these moves: Jump Hook/Slam Dunk = L.A.S. towards basket and Circle Fade Away = L.A.S. away from basket and Circle Drop Step = L.A.S. side step and Circle Spin Move = L.A.S. in direction and release L1 Finger Roll/Slam Dunk = Drop step, L.A.S. towards basket and Circle Button PLAYER LOCKED CONTROLS These controls only apply if you lock your player: Move player = L.A.S. Make computer shoot = Circle Button Call for Pass = X Button Post Up = L1 and L.A.S. THE FREE THROWS These controls apply when you are at the line. Line up the basketball cursor in the middle of the 2 bars and press the Circle or X Button. DEFENSIVE CONTROLS Switch players = X Button Steal = Square Button Take Charge = Circle or R2 Button Block/Rebound = Triangle Button Faceup = L1 Button Direct Player = L2 and X, Triangle, Square, or Circle (switches player) Switch to Defender Closest to Basket = Tap L2 Button Intentional Foul = Select Button Defensive Plays = D-Pad (double tap for 4 extra plays) EA Sports Freestyle Control = Right Analog Stick /==================================\ +| 5. EA Sports Freestyle Control |+ \==================================/ The R.A.S. initiates the Freestyle Control. This little feature allows you to perform good moves like jukes and switching the ball from one hand to another. On offense, moving the R.A.S. in any direction, while running, causes you to perform a move. When on offense and you stand in place, moving the R.A.S. in a direction causes the ball to move to another hand (left or right), a jab step (up), or a back step (down). When on defense, pressing the R.A.S. either left or right allows you to try and steal the ball from the opponent with that respective hand. Pressing down on the R.A.S. allows you to aggressively defend your opponent. Pressing up on the R.A.S. allows you to raise your arms up, allowing you to block the shot. You can also move with the L.A.S. at the same time. There are other special moves out there that will enable you to dominate your opposition. Explore this handy feature to truly master the court. /================\ +| 6. The Plays |+ \================/ In NCAA MM, you are able to call 4 quick offensive plays and 8 quick defensive plays. OFFENSIVE QUICK PLAYS Isolation: This is the play that causes your entire team to move to one side of the court, allowing you to work alone against your opposite guard. Press down on the D-pad to call for Isolation. Post Up: This is the play that causes one of your teammates to get into the low post and perform moves like the finger roll. Tap the D-pad down to call for the Post Up. Pick and Roll: This is the classical play that allows you to call for a pick from a teammate on your defender. This teammate will then roll toward the basket. So now, you can either take it to the hole or give it to your roller. Press right on the D-Pad to call for the Pick and Roll. 3 Point Play: The wonderful play that allows 3 of your teammates to set up a man for a 3 pointer. Press left on the D-pad to call for the 3 Point Play. DEFENSIVE QUICK PLAYS Man to Man: Just as it says, allows you to cover your opponents one to one. Press up on the D-pad to switch between the two Man to Man zones. These plays are ideal for outside shooting, but weak against isolation and post up plays. School Specific Full Court Zone: This play puts pressure on the opposition once the ball is inbound. Press the D-pad left to switch between the 2 types of zone presses. These plays are good for turnovers, but ineffective if the offense breaks the zone. School Specific Half Court Zone: This play allows your teammates to cover a particular area of the court, not a player. Press the D-pad right to switch between the 2 types of zone presses. This play is strong against isolation and post ups, but weak against outside shooting. Double Teams/Trapping: These plays allow you to bring extra coverage against a player. Press the D-pad down to switch between the double team and trapping plays. /====================\ +| 7. The Main Menu |+ \====================/ At the main menu screen, there are 5 options to select from: Play Now, Game Modes, Rosters Manager, Options, and EA Sports Extras. Play Now allows you to play against your school's rival. Entering Play Now allows you to play one exhibition game against either your rival or another school. Select Play Now and you will see the School Select Screen. 1. Move the D-pad to select the Home or Away team. 2. Move the D-pad to select the schools. 3. Pressing Square chooses your rival. 4. Pressing Circle allows you to lock a player. 5. Press L1 or R1 to select the next school from the alphabetic list. 6. Press L2 or R2 to select random schools. 7. Press Start to move on to the Quick Settings. 8. Choose your settings from the Quick Settings screen, like camera view, half length, and difficulty. 9. Press Start when satisfied. Game Modes allow you to go deeper in to the game than Play Now. More on this later. Roster Manager allows you to edit a player, or, for the hell of it, a school. To edit a player: 1. Press L1 or R1 to go through the schools. 2. Press Square to roster original rosters. 3. Press Triangle to cancel edits. 4. Once you found the player you want to customize, press Circle. 5. Enter the Player Information, like name, position, his hand, year, etc. 6. Adjust the player's ratings in the categories given to you. 7. Adjust the player's appearance in the categories given to you. 8. To swap players, highlight one with X and another with X and they will swap. To create a school: 1. Enter the School Information, like name, nickname, abbreviation, etc. 2. Edit the Team Information, like the logo, the coach, and type of stadium. 3. Edit the Uniform, like choosing jersey styles and colors. The Options menu allows you to adjust game settings, like difficulty, audio options, and the view of the court during the game. You can also save and load your games and settings here. The EA Sports Extras is where you view the credits and things of that nature. /=================\ +| 8. Game Modes |+ \=================/ There are 4 other game modes that allow you to enjoy the beauty of college basketball. These modes are Single Season, Dynasty Mode, the NCAA Tournament, and the EA Sports Maui Invitational. SINGLE SEASON In Single Season, your main objective is to lead your school to the Final Four. 1. Select Single Season from the Game Modes menu. 2. Cycle through the conferences in the NCAA with L1 or R1. 3. Press the D-pad up or down to select your team from your desired conference. 4. Press Circle to add a Custom team. 5. Fill in your non-conference schedule. Press the Circle button to switch to the opponent's screen. 6. Move the D-pad up or down to select teams and press X to select your desired opponent. 7. Press Start to generate your schedule. The Single Season Main Menu is where you can check out who your next opponent is, your rankings in terms of RPI and the EA Sports Top 25, and your conference standings. You also can see which teams are playoff bound, what awards you win, adjust game options, manage your roster, change your coaching priorities, and of course, play your next game. Once you run through your entire schedule, you will enter your conference's tournament. Win this tournament to determine who's the best in your conference. Once you finish your conference's tournament, it's on to the tournament of tournaments, the NCAA Tournament. Fight your way past the best teams in the country and see if you can make it to the Final Four. Once all user-controlled teams have been eliminated, you can view the results of the entire tournament, or, just exit to the Main Menu. DYNASTY MODE In Dynasty Mode, your goal is to bring your team up from a good team to a team of legendary status. Experience the joy of going through a maximum of 20 seasons of March Madness. 1. Select Dynasty Mode from the Game Modes Main Menu and select your team. 2. Continue like you would the Single Season mode. In Dynasty Mode, injuries play a key factor in the game. Watch out for injuries and substitute well if you want to become the ultimate team. Continue through the 2 tournaments like in Single Season mode. Once you have become victorious, or defeated, in the Tournament play, continue to the Off Season. In the Off Season, you have much to do. You have to know who's leaving your team due to graduating or the NBA draft, take part in the EA Sports Roundball Classic, recruit players, cut and redshirt players, and proceed to the next season. When your players leave for the Draft or graduation, remember what positions you need depth in. Play the EA Sports Roundball Classic to play with the 20 best high school seniors in the country. Or, you could skip this game and begin recruiting. Recruiting takes place over the span of 5 weeks. During this time, you must make contact with potential players and make them offers to get them to come to your school. 1. Highlight a recruit using the X Button. 2. Press Circle to view his statistics. 3. Choose which of the types of contacts you will make to the potential recruit. 4. You are given 100 points to use in your recruiting process. 5. Players whose names are in red are interested in attending your school. Players you have contacted are in green. 6. To see who is coming to your school, press Square and view the returning and prospective players. 7. Once you have chosen your recruits, select Continue at the bottom of the contact screen to continue recruiting. 8. Press Start to move on to the next week. 9. Repeat the process for the next 5 weeks. Once you have whom you want, or could get, it's time to begin cutting and redshirt potential players. 1. To redshirt a player, press the Circle Button. To reactivate, press the Circle Button again. A redshirted player cannot play during the season, remember that. 2. To cut a player, highlight him and press Square. 3. Reorder your roster the same way you would substitute players. 4. Press Start to continue. Once you have finally put your team together, select Start New Season to continue building your dynasty. NCAA TOURNAMENT Why go through all the hassle of a season when you could hop right into the NCAA Tournament? 1. Choose NCAA Tournament from the Game Mode Main Menu. 2. Select Tournament Setup and press X to setup your tournament. 3. Press the Circle Button to randomly arrange the tournament. 4. Press Square to make schools user-controlled. 5. Press Start once you have everything the way you want. Once you have won, or lost, the Tournament, you can exit back to the Main Menu. EA SPORTS MAUI INVITATIONAL When you're the best, you deserve to play the best. Accept the invitation to the EA Sports Maui Invitational and prove what you are worth. 1. Select EA Sports Maui Invitational form the Game Modes Main Menu. 2. Highlight Tournament Setup and press the X button. 3. Use the D-pad to highlight teams and press the X Button to have them user-controlled. 4. Press Start to begin the Tournament. 5. To change the invitees, press the L1 or R1 buttons. 6. To simulate a user-controlled game, press Circle. /================================\ +| 9. Walkthrough/Helpful Hints |+ \================================/ You will go through 12 non-conference games (13 if you choose to play the EA Sports All Stars). Once you play trough these games, you will then begin to face the schools in your conference. As each game goes on, your chances of making the NCAA Tournament rises and falls alongside your progress and the progress of other teams. Keep your eye on the EA Sports Top 25. The top 25 programs in the country will be listed here. Play hard enough, and you will make the list. Also watch out for the RPI and Conference standings. These will play a vital role when you want that top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Most games have a steady pace. You want to play hard and drive hard into each and every game that you enter. Play each game like it is your last. Many of the teams you will play are difficult. They will drain every 3 pointer they shoot most of the time. Don't get frustrated or try to match them shot for shot. If you do that, you will begin to lose composure and eventually lose the game. Just remember that basketball is a team game. Give it to your teammates and allow them to shine. Listen to the Coach's Council before each game. Helpful hints from real life coaches are the difference between you walking away victorious, or shaking your head in defeat. Also remember that the game is more realistic if you take a loss, especially in Dynasty Mode. Your record doesn't always play a factor in the game you know. Avoid intentionally fouling someone. You don't want to have your opponent in the bonus, or the double bonus for that matter. 3 pointers are hard to drain in this game. Take your time and let it flow. Driving down the court and dunking or doing lay ups is much more effective than constantly trying to shoot 3 pointers. And just remember; it's a game ladies and gentlemen. Root on a real NCAA team if you're truly passionate about college basketball. /====================================\ +| 10. Giving Credit Where It's Due |+ \====================================/ First off, I would like to thank CJayC of GameFAQs for making such a wonderful site. Next, EA Sports for making good games for the past decade. And finally, to you, the reader. Without you, there is no me. This FAQ is protected under International Law. [---------------------------------------------------------------------] | END OF NCAA MARCH MADNESS 2003 FAQ | [---------------------------------------------------------------------]