Most of the game's problems are purely mechanical. Gameplay feels way too slow; players move sluggishly around the court with no noticeable player pep or excitement, even when the crowd really kicks into gear. This completely kills the atmosphere the game is trying to create by including crowd participation.
Ball physics are really off and probably need to be retooled. While players loaf around the court, the ball flies like a ping-pong ball. The only time the ball doesn't move too fast is while bouncing, when it suddenly becomes a semi-deflated volleyball.
Gameplay and controls feel a lot like NBA Live, which is a good thing or bad thing depending on you feelings towards EA's pro offering. One of the new additions this year is new low-post controls, which give you a few more options on both offense and defense. While on offense, you can pull off various fakes and other moves to try and throw off defenders. On defense, you can flick the right stick to get behind or try a player or try and get in front of him for a hard passing situation. If you're feeling really lucky, you can also try for a steal by pressing (X), though if you're not dead on, you'll usually lose your ground. Though a useful addition once you figure it out, its effectiveness varies depending on your team. If you don't have big bodies on your team, which was a big problem for my team, low-post play isn't that useful.
A few clipping issues also pop up during low-post play. There were times where I had an obvious steal, but the ball went right through my player's hand. The same is true for rebounds, which are sort of goofy since everyone just jumps in the air with their hands in the air. If the ball hits the right part of their hand, it's a rebound.
Considering the popularity of college basketball, well at least during the month of March, it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to expect EA to give its college basketball franchise the same attention as its football franchise. Though an okay game, at least when compared to a few other basketball games on the market, NCAA March Madness 08 isn't what it could, and probably should, be.