Coach K College Basketball

Think you can coach in the NCAA? Here's your chance to learn from the master. Peer into the mind of Duke's head coach, Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced shu-SHEF-ski), with this exciting, feature-filled new rim-sim from the makers of NBA Live '95.

Hoops Heaven

This game has more options than Duke has winning seasons. Up to four players can shoot the rock with 24 of the best teams in today's NCAA and eight championship teams from the past. Play as defending champ Arkansas or relive Magic's glory days at Michigan State.

ProTip: If you're looking for an alley-oop slam, watch for a player's hand to go up when he's near the key, then pass to him immediately.

You can use these star-studded squads in an Exhibition game, take 'em through a full season, or jump to the Final Four tourney. Try a stripped-down arcade-style matchup or a realistic simulation to determine if you have what it takes to be an All-American. To help you, Krzyzewski steps in with advice and team ratings.

Double-team the opposing ball handler for a better chance at making a steal.

Tear Down the Boards

The options pile up like Indiana jump shots. Whether you play or just coach, you can customize your own rules and call your own offensive and defensive plays during the action. A battery backup enables you to save your team and player stats for up to three seasons at a time.

Choosing a play is only half the battle. You must execute the play exactly as it's diagrammed for it to work.

The decent controls are similar to other hoops games -- with a few pluses. Along with alley-oop slams and a new style of free- throw shooting, there's pushing, shoving, and a turbo feature a la NBA Jam.

Slammin' and Jammin'

EA Sports uses the same style of graphics and sounds that made NBA Live '95 a solid game. (In fact, Coach K is to NBA Live '95 as Bill Walsh College Football is to its similar sibling Madden '95.) Check out the realistic sprites and TV-style stat highlights, then listen to your player grunt and groan as he taunts the opponents after ripping down their backboard with a monster gorilla dunk.

If you have a lane, go for the dunk.

Adjustable difficulty settings complete Coach K's slam dunk.

  • If you decide to keep Fatigue on, use it sparingly. It'll run out fast, and you'll get burned.
  • When shooting, plant your feet for a high-percentage bucket.

With seven trips to the tournament semifinals under his belt, Krzyzewski knows his stuff, and so does EA Sports -- this game takes Dick Vitale's College Hoops to the hole. A great combo of features and gameplay make this freshman game a winner.

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Sega Genesis Coach K College Basketball download
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Genesis

Let's put it this way - the only thing lacking from this game is a steal button. This game has got it all. No, wait, I take that back. This game doesn't have Coach K's infamous bad back either. But it's got everything else!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
  • Machine: Genesis

Let's put it this way - the only thing lacking from this game is a steal button. This game has got it all. No, wait, I take that back. This game doesn't have Coach K's infamous bad back, either. But it's got everything else!

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: EA

Didn't get enough of March Madness while you had the chance, huh? Now you can plug that college excitement into your Sega Genesis any time you want with Coach K College Basketball from EA Sports. At first glance the title looks to be an exact replica of NBA Live '95 with the substitution of college teams and players, but there's much more than meets the eye.

Even though his back trouble kept him from his duties behind the bench this season, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski lends his name and insights to this deep simulation of the college game. That's the very same Coach K that has lead his Duke squad to seven final fours and two national championships. But Coach K College Basketball doesn't even need a recognizable name to make it a success.

Settings allow you to customize game play anywhere between the extremes of arcade action and strategic simulation. The angled perspective, the broadcast-style appearance, and the particularly realistic player animations are a feast for the eyes, while the responsive control and the gripping game play keep your thumbs busy. Although the NBA Live '95 engine drives the game, alterations in arena appearance, crowd chants, offensive and defensive plays and control do a perfect job of capturing the college game, and the play offerings and control adjustments actually surpass that offered in NBA Live '95. Eleven offensive sets and 14 defensive sets give you ultimate command of the floor, while an improved turbo feature keeps athletes sprinting at a slightly slower, more realistic speed than in NBA Live '95.

  • Graphics: 9
  • Gameplay: 10
  • Innovation: 8
  • Music & Sound FX: 9
  • Replay Value: 9
reggie posted a review

He’s won three National Championships and is considered one of the greatest college basketball coaches in the history of the game.

Take one of the most successful coaches in the NCAA's history, team him up with EA SPORTS and what do you get? Coach K College Basketball for the Sega Genesis. Select one of 32 top Division I-A teams from 1994-95 and guide them through an entire season, exhibition game, or tournament.

Choose from over 50 offensive plays and 14 defensive sets to add to your on-the-fly play-calling system, or let Coach K guide you through each play in detail. Feel the action with realistic animations, shattered backboards, dunks, alley-oops and mid-air passes. Hear the sounds of a college game with crowd chants, music, and cheerleaders.

A weekly top 25 poll will let you know how you are faring and examine your saved team, player, or user stats to see exactly where your players stand. Up to four hoopsters can get in on the action (with a 4 Way Play adapter) and you're free to customize tournaments from 4, 8, 16 or 32 teams.

Get out there and try to win the National Championship with COACH K COLLEGE BASKETBALL.

Coach K College Basketball features:

  • 32 Division I-A teams to choose from
  • On-the-Fly play calling
  • 50 offensive plays, 14 defensive sets
  • Get tips from Coach K himself
  • Three gameplay modes
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