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NCAA MArch Madness 2004 Faq  --XBOX--

Copyright 2003 Electronic Arts

Written By: Das (George Reeves)
Email: Dascomander@aol.com
January 23 2004
Version 0.75

Version History

0.75  Jan 23, 2004  Wrote the guide and submitted it for the first time,  I'll
clean it up a bit and add more at a later date

0.76  Jan 26, 2004-Apr 5, 2004  Added Rivalries, did some cleaning.  Forgot to
submit though. Sorry

0.77  Apr 7, 2004  Updated the legal section.

0.78  Apr 12,2004  Maui Invitational Answer???

1.  Controls
2.  Game modes
3.  Campus Challenge
4.  Buying STuff
5.  Mysteries of the RPI Rating and selection explianed/ Maui Invitational
6.  Dynasty Mode  **Coming Soon**
7.  Legal garbage
Section 1---Controls


Left thumbstick- Moves selected Man
D pad-  Selects preset Plays
Right Thumbstick- Click down for the off ball switch, which allows you to
control a player who does not have the ball. Tapping a direction is the 
Freestyle Control.  I'll get to this beast in a moment
A Button-  Passes the ball.  Tap it for a lob, Hold it for a faster pass
B button-  Shoots the ball for a jump shot.  Release it at the top of your jump
to shoot
X button- Lay up or a dunk.  press it again during a lay up to adjust your shot
to try and avoid the defender's block.  NOTE- Adjusted shots are harder to hit
because they are usually taken with your players "off" hand.
Y button- The pro hop.  Use this to set yourself up for the freestyle controls
White Buton- Goes for the Alley-Oop.
Black Button- Direct Pass.  Press Black then the corresponding button that
appears over the head of the player you wish to pass to.
Start Button- Pauses game
Back Button-  Calls Timeout
Left trigger- Backdown/Ball Protect.  High strength players can push their way
towards the basket.
Right trigger- Turbo. Gotta love the Turbo.


Left thumbstick- Moves selected Man
D pad-  Selects preset Plays
Right Thumbstick- Freestyle Control.
A button- Switches Player you control
B button-  "Take the Charge" stance
X button-  Attemps Steal
Y Button-  Jump/ Block
Black Button- Direct switch
White Button-  Switches to the last man back
Start Button- Pauses game
Back Button- Intentional foul
Left trigger- N/A
Right trigger- Turbo

The Freestyle Control----------------------------------------------------------

To do the Freestyle Moves you tap a direction with the right Thumbstick

Offense without hitting the Pro Hop  (Running)

Up- Spin Move
Left or Right-  Juke move or Crossover.  Depends what hand ball is in.  For
example, if a player is dribbling with his right hand, and you press right he
will do the juke move.  If yuo had pressed left, he would do a crossover.
Down- Does a crossover no matter which hand the ball is in.

Offense without hitting the Pro Hop  (Standing)

Up- Crossover with a foreward step
Left or right-  Dribbles behind Back
Down- Crossover with a backward step

Offense after hitting the pro hop

Up-  Hold ball above head
Left or Right-  Holds ball off to the side
Down-  Holds ball close to the ground


All defensive moves are the same regardless of running or standing.(It does
change the animation a little though.)

Up- Holds hands above head for a challenge
Left- Steal attemp with left hand
Right-  Steal attempt with right hand
Down- Gets into defensive stance

Section 2---Game Modes

Play Now-  Basic game with no season attached

Season-  Play one season with a college

Dynasty Mode-  Play through 5 to 30 seasons with a coach.  Get hired, Get
fired, leave a team for greener pastures, its all up to you.

Mascot Game-  Weird little mode where you pick a team and the players are
dressed up a a schools mascot.  The players stats are unneffected by the
strange dress.

Heres a list of schools available in this mode--

Arizona State
Ball State
Boston College
Georgia Tech
Iowa State
Michigan State
Mississippi State
NC State
New Mexico
North Carolina
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma State
Ole Miss
Oregon State
Southern Miss
Stanford (Believe me.  You HAVE to see this one)
Wake Forest
Washingtom State

Rivalry Game-  Play in a single game with Arch rivals
There are 37 rivalry games to choose from.
Availible rivalries are

Appalachian State-Davidson
Arizona-Arizona State
Ball State-Bowling Green
Brigham Young-Utah
Clemson-South Carolina
Colorado State-Wyoming
Dayton-Saint Louis
Duke-North Carolina
East Tennesee State-Tennessee Chatanooga
Fresno Stste-UNLV
Georgia-Georgia Tech
Georgia South-Wofford
Massachusetts-Rhode Island
Michigan-Michigan State
Mississippi State-Ole Miss
Montana-Montana State
NC State-Wake Forest
Ohio-Ohio State
Oregon-Oregon State
Saint Joseph's-Temple
San Francisco-Santa Clara
The Citadel-VMI
Virginia-Virginia Tech
Washington-Washington State

Tournaments- You can set up your own NCAA Tournament or Maui Invitational.  The
NCAA tournament is the "Big Dance".  64 teams in a single elimination
tournament.  The Maui Invitational is Is an 8 team double elimination
tournament that usually takes place at the beginning of the season.

Practice- What Can I say? Really? Basically a game with no defenders.

Section 3---The Campus Challenge

The Campus Challenge is a Series of mini challenges that earn points in the
Dynasty mode to buy stat boosts and mid season training camps.  Chalenges are
divided up between One player, two player, and team tasks.  Also there are
Half, whole Game and Season challenges.

One Player Tasks
                            Single Half
GEt 3 3PT's in a half                                          5 pts
Get 6 rebounds                                                10 pts
Get 3 offensive rebounds                                      10 pts
Get 6 defensive rebounds                                      10 pts
Get 5 assists                                                 10 pts
Get 10 points                                                 10 pts
Get 3 blocks                                                  10 pts
Get 3 steals                                                  10 pts
                            Whole Game
Get 20 points                                                 20 pts
get 12 rebounds                                               25 pts
get 6 offensive rebounds                                      25 pts
get 6 defensive rebounds                                      25 pts
get 10 assists                                                25 pts
make 6 blocks                                                 25 pts
make 6 steals                                                 25 pts
Achieve a double-double                                       30 pts
make 6 3PT's                                                  30 pts
score 30 points                                               40 pts
score 40 points                                               75 pts
Score 50 points                                              100 pts
Achieve a triple double                                      100 pts
Achieve a quadruple double                                   150 pts
Make Conference Def. team                                     90 pts
Make Conference 1st team                                     100 pts
Average 4 Steals for season                                  100 pts
Freshman Makes All conference tean (1st or 2nd)              110 pts
Player makes All Def. Team                                   110 pts
Freshman makes all Freshman team                             125 pts
Make all NCAA 2nd team                                       125 pts
Make all NCAA 1st team                                       175 pts
average 10 points                                            200 pts
average 12 rebounds                                          200 pts
average 10 assists                                           200 pts
average 4 blocks                                             200 pts
Win Freshman of the Year                                     300 pts
Win Player of the Year                                       300 pts
Average A double-double                                      350 pts
Lead NCAA in scoring                                         350 pts
Lead NCaa in assists                                         350 pts
Lead NCAA in rebounds                                        350 pts
Lead NCAA in blocks                                          350 pts
Player wins Def. Player of the year                          400 pts
Freshman Leads NCAA in scoring                               450 pts
Freshman Leads NCaa in assists                               450 pts
Freshman Leads NCAA in rebounds                              450 pts
Freshman Leads NCAA in blocks                                450 pts
Finish season with 30 points per game                        450 pts
Freshman leads NCAA in steals                                500 pts
NCAA Player of the year for 2 seasons in a row               750 pts

Team Challenges
                            Half Period
6 Offensive rebounds                                          10 pts
5 defensive rebounds                                          10 pts
6 assists                                                     10 pts
35 points in a half                                           10 pts
4 blocks                                                      15 pts
4 steals                                                      15 pts
100% shooting                                                 40 pts
5 3PT's                                                       60 pts
10 rebounds (offensive and defensive combined)                75 pts
                            Whole Game
8 Defensive rebounds                                          20 pts
13 Assists                                                    20 pts
70 points                                                     20 pts
8 Blocks                                                      20 pts
8 Steals                                                      20 pts
Make 6 3PT's                                                  20 pts
Above 40% shooting Percentage                                 20 pts
Win by 10 points                                              25 pts
100% free throw shooting                                      25 pts
10 offensive rebounds                                         25 pts
18 rebounds                                                   30 pts
Win by 20 points                                              30 pts
End game with less than 5 turnovers                           50 pts
Score 100 points in a game                                    75 pts
Shoot above 50%                                               75 pts
Win by 30                                                     75 pts
Shoot above 70%                                              100 pts
Win by 40                                                    100 pts
Defeat a top 25 team                                         100 pts
Starters all score in double digits                          110 pts
Shoot above 80%                                              125 pts
Win by 50                                                    150 pts
Shoot 100%                                                   150 pts
Defat the #1 team in the nation                              400 pts
5 game win streak                                            100 pts
10 game win streak                                           200 pts
team averages 18 rebounds                                    275 pts
Team averages 15 assists                                     275 pts
Team averages 8 blocks                                       300 pts
Team averages 8 steals                                       300 pts
Make NCAA Tournament                                         300 pts
15 game win streak                                           300 pts
Sign An All American                                         300 pts
Best record in conference                                    350 pts
Average 75 points per game                                   375 pts
Win Coach of the Year                                        425 pts
Win The Maui Invitational                                    500 pts
Win Conference Tournament                                    600 pts
Win NCAA Championship                                       1000 pts
Finish Season ranked #1 in power poll                       1500 pts
Undefeated Season AND NCAA championship                     1750 pts

Two Player Tasks
2 players make All NCAA 1st team                            500 pts
2 Players make All NCAA Def. Team                           500 pts
2 Freshman make All Freshman Team                           850 pts

Section 4---Stuff to buy with the Campus Challlenge points
During the dynasty mode there are two different types of extras to spend the
campus challenge points that you have ammassed.  There are Training Sessions,
which are like the training camp that is run at the beginning of the season,
and there are team Extras.  The extras are skills coaches that you hire for a
set amount of time and are a 5 point stat boost for as long as your skills
"coach" works for you.  Each coach raises only one stat, and he leaves you at
the end of the season, regardless of how much time you have left on his
contract, so don't hire a full season coach with only 2 games left, hire a 5
day coach, instead.
                            Training Sessions
Single Player                                             1500 pts
Team Training Session                                     4000 pts

                              Team Extras
Single Game                                               1000 pts
5 games                                                   4500 pts
10 games                                                  8000 pts
Single Season                                            20000 pts
Coach's "Name"                                        What Stat They Raise

Rebounding Coach                                        Rebounding
Shooting Coach                                          Field Goal Rating
Big Man Coach*                                      Center's Inside  Scoring
3 Point Shooting Coach*                              Guard's 3 point Shooting
Dribbling Coach                                         Dribbling Rating
Timing Coach*                                       Foreward's Block Rating
Passing Coach                                           Passing Rating
Free Throw Coach                                        Free throw rating
Conditioning Coach                                      Endurance Rating
Motivational Speaker*                       Non Starter Field Goal and Defense
Workout Facility                                            Strength
Plyometrics Coach                                       Dunk Rating
Defensive Coach                                         Steal Rating

AN asterisk means that that coach does not work for the entire team.  He only
gives a stat boost to the positions listed.

Section 5---Making the NCAA Tournament in the Dynasty or Season Mode

There are 64 spots in the NCAA Tournament.  31 of these slots are reserved for
winners of the Conference tourneys.  Winning your conference is the "surest"
way to reach the tournament.  In theory a team can have no wins during the
regular season and string together 5 or 6 wins in the conference tourney and
make the NCAA tournament.  When it comes time for the Conference tourneys pile
up the wins and you will make it.

And if you don't: The Selection Committee
Unlike the real NCAA, this game does not have a selection committee so it picks
based on a mathematical formula.  This is your RPI or relatvive power index.
This comes into play if you don't win the conference tournament.  While the
tourney route is the surest, this is actually a bit easier, if you win a lot in
the regular season, but requires a bit of preseason setup. When it is time to
make your non-conference schedule, try to get as many ranked teams to play
yourr team as possible.  This should give you a reasonably high preseason RPI. 
Win as many games as you possibly can.  Your RPI may go down a bit over time
because the relative strength of your opponents may change in strength over the
course of the season. Essentialy what you are hoping for is for your opponents
to lose to you, but to win against everyone else they play against, so their
RPI will not go down as much. On a side note totally destroying teams
constantly is not always such a great idea especially if you are going for a
number 1 ranking in the power polls.  The CPU will read this as  a "weak"
schedule and your RPI will suffer a bit, since a team that you beat by 30 plus
points is going to slide down the rankings by quite a few spots, moving teams
that you are not scheduled to play  up the rankings.  You will still make the
NCAA tournament, but you might not get the no. 1 seed.

If you want to check on you's status as the computer reads it at the moment go
to the Sporting News choice on the main screen.  After a certain number of
weeks the Tournament watch option will become availible.  Once inside there are
three screens; On the Bubble, Best of the Rest and Automatic Bids. Automatic
Bids are the teams that have a high enough RPI to make it regardless of how
they do in the conference tournament.  Best of the rest is the next best list. 
Most of these teams are going to go to the Big Dance as long as there are no
major breakdowns on their part.  Bubble teams are on the fence.  A few of them
will qualify for the tourney, but most of them won't.  At best mayby 5 of them
get to go if they don't win the conference tourneys.  If you are here you got a
bit of work to do.  If you are not on any of these lists you HAVE to win the
conference tourney.  Or turn down the difficulty and try again next season.

The Maui Invitational
For the life of me I can't get invited to the stupid thing.  Someone else has,
so for now here's IQB833 and his thoughts on the Maui Invitational:
IQB833 Says
"I read your faq on NCAA MM 2004, its really useful especially about the Team
Extras stuff. about the Maui Invitational, i think that you have to be in the
preseason top 25, or maybe even 15, to  get an invite. I was Illinois
(preseason #14) once and got an invite. i've also been Cincinnati (preseason
#13 i think) and got an invite. However, i am currently Texas (preseason #12), 
but didnt get an invite, so i think you have to be in the preseason top 15 to
even have a chance to get in the Maui. hope this helps"

If anyone else has a clue on what the deal is with Maui let me know.

Section 6-Dynasty Mode  **Coming Soon**

Section 7--- Legal stuff

Copyright 2004 George Reeves Jr (AKA-Das, Dascomander)

This copyright is protected by international law. Any use of this FAQ, or any
part of this FAQ without the Authors permission is forbidden, by anyone, and I
mean it.  If I give permission my Faq may only be used as is with no revisions
or changes to it in any way.  I will check these things.  If you really  want
to  use it my Email is at the top of the FAQ. Contact me and ask.  Gamefaqs
(www.gamefaqs.com) DOES have permission to use my FAQ.Cheatcodecentral
(www.cheatcc.com) also has permission to us my Faq.

NCAA MArch Madness 2004 Copyright 2003 Electronic Arts
NCAA March Madness and most everything else in the game is a trademark of the
NCAA or the respective schools in the game.
Except The Sporting News.  I'm not sure who holds the trademark or copyright to
that, but it's theirs.

Thanks to Gamefaqs for being a terriffic site thats come in useful many times
over the years.

If anyone has any idea on how to get invited to the Maui Invitational in the
game please contact me.  I've never been able to trigger an invite.  Let me
know and Ill credit you ( and we all want to get our name in a FAQ right?)