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Sunday, December 28, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 27.0° F  Overcast
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Pee-wee basketball

I don't understand the appeal of NCAA March Madness '08 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 & 3, rated Everyone). I don't know why sports fans want to play as measly college basketball kids when they could instead be playing as big, powerful pros. The forwards are so small I think I could beat them up, or at least scare them with mean words. Worse, everyone dribbles and maneuvers slower than in pro games. I want athletes to move fast, like they're on fire.

Fortunately, this annual collegiate outing from EA Sports comes with all the teams from the main university systems. If you're itching to see an exact duplicate of UNLV's or LSU's arena, you're in luck. Madness also improves on ball handling and shooting ease, compared to previous EA college games.

Meanwhile, 2K Sports' annual College Hoops NCAA 2K8 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 & 3, rated Everyone) makes it harder to drive the paint. I get sick of taking shots from the perimeter.

On the other hand, Hoops comes with reams of college teams, and it's smoother and sweeter than Madness.

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