Thankfully, the presentation doesn't run into the same blunders. There are two different broadcast teams, and though both groups have a tendency to repeat themselves, they provide a unique analysis and their own energy. Dick Vitale provides commentary for regular season games, and though his enthusiasm is hard to ignore, Gus Johnson is just amazing. Gus brings his unbridled passion to March Madness, and it makes these already-exciting games even better. Although he doesn't quite burst with happiness as he so often does in real life, his glee for the sport is clearly present, and he calls the action with the same gripping style that makes his real-life broadcasts so memorable. There is nothing quite like hitting a game-winning jumper and having Gus Johnson joyously scream at the same time. NCAA Basketball also uses the overlays and stat updates you would see during real-life broadcasts, which brings even more authenticity to the experience.
With a name like Coach Illinois-Chicago, his career options were pretty limited.
Unfortunately, as intense as the on-court action is, there just aren't enough ways to experience it. You can play a one-off game, start up your own dynasty, or compete in the big tournament, but there aren't any unique modes to play around with in NCAA Basketball 10. You can create you own player, give him a silly name and game-changing attributes, but you cannot take control of him through his career and refine his skills into a potential Wooden Award winner. The lack of direct impact lessens the appeal of this feature, making the player seem far too separate to actually care about. Instead, the only rewarding long-term aspect is building a championship team through wise recruiting, but it's a predictable system that pales in comparison to crafting your own superstar. The on-court action is deep enough to hide the lack of interesting options, but it's a shame there aren't more ways to experience this often-thrilling simulation.
At least competitive matches are top notch. You can challenge a buddy either online or on one system, and it's a blast to drain a killer three in his face or execute a perfect trap to force an opportune turnover. And that's the best part of NCAA Basketball 10. The game so closely mirrors the real sport that it's satisfying whether you're struggling to pick up the intricacies of the motion offense or punishing ill-prepared teams with a full-court press. NCAA Basketball 10 is too similar to NBA Live 10 to make it worthwhile if you already own that game, and the lack of diverse modes hinders the long-term appeal. But the core action is so fast and rewarding--plus the broadcast-style presentation so close to reality--that NCAA Basketball 10 is a good alternative for those who favor the style of amateur athletes over highly paid professionals.