I'm sure you've heard of Christmas in July, but what about March Madness in November? You might think it's insane, but EA is sure hoping it catches on with the release of NCAA Basketball 10 on the 17th. In preparation, a demo for the game has been added for Gold Members of Xbox Live today, giving sports fans a soothing balm to ease the pain of no more baseball on television. PlayStation users will get access to the demo on November 19th with the PSN update.
The demo features a match-up between the defending NCAA champs the North Carolina Tarheels and the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium (aka Coach K Court), which is the home of the Blue Devils. Unfortunately, you'll only get to play one half of a game, but I guess it can be seen as an upside that the demo includes the full CBS broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery. This demo also gives you your first taste of the new "motion offense" feature, which allows you to initiate an offensive set with the push of one button.
It's a bit of an unusual move for EA to release a demo for a sports game that doesn't feature a replay match-up of last year's championship game. I guess the thought was that Duke is a bigger draw than last year's runner-up Michigan State. While there's no denying that Duke vs. NC is the marquee matchup in college basketball, I imagine that there might be some Spartans fans that are a little pissed off that their team didn't get the love.