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As March Madness approaches its climatic final showdown, the 2nd Annual Pontiac Virtual NCAA® Final 4® Tournament has completed its latest round of competition with victories for UNLV, Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt! By playing through the thrilling match-ups with College Hoops 2K7, the #1 rated college basketball simulation series, before the actual games take place, the 2nd Annual Pontiac Virtual NCAA® Final 4® Tournament has generated a set of exciting predictions for this weekend’s match-ups! This round’s results shaped up as follows:

UNLV Upsets Higher Seeded Oregon

The 7th seeded UNLV Running Rebels were the lowest seeded team to make the round of 16, but they were not intimidated by the higher seeded Oregon Ducks, as they pulled off the upset, 70-59. Leading a closely contested game by just 3 at the half, UNLV took control after the break, out rebounding the Ducks by 10 and connecting on 55% of their field goals. With the momentum gone, Oregon couldn’t maintain the pace, hitting just 40% of their shots from the field and shooting a miserable 41% from the line.

Pittsburgh Beats UCLA

Last year’s virtual tournament winner, UCLA, saw their dreams of a second consecutive Final 4 dashed today, as they fell to the Pittsburgh Panthers, 72-68. Pittsburgh couldn’t do anything wrong, hitting 67% of their field goals and shooting better than 88% from the free throw line. UCLA’s defense played well, forcing 12 Pittsburgh turnovers and grabbing 10 steals. However, their defensive effort wasn’t enough to stop the hot-handed Panthers, as they move on to the west bracket final.

Georgetown Falls To Vanderbilt

The third round of the virtual tournament has seen multiple upsets, none bigger than the Vanderbilt Commodores defeating Georgetown, 63-55. The Hoya’s came into the tournament as the nation’s hottest team; however they never seemed to get on track against the streaking Commodores. Vandy used a hot hand from beyond the arc to doom the Hoyas, connecting on 43% of their 3-point opportunities and securing their spot in the elite 8.

Look for more predictions from Pontiac and 2K Sports as the most exciting tournament in college sports continues this month. For more up-to-date simulations this week, go to http://pontiac.digitalproduce.com/Home.aspx

The 2nd Annual Pontiac Virtual NCAA® Final 4® Tournament is the only place where fans have the opportunity to play every match up of the actual NCAA Tournament before it happens through head-to-head online play on College Hoops 2K7, exclusively on Xbox Live®. The four finalists of the online tournament will be flown to Atlanta to show off their skills on the virtual court and play the actual NCAA Men’s Final Four match-ups in front of roaring fans hours before tip-off. The champion of the 2nd Annual Pontiac Virtual NCAA® Final 4® Tournament will drive away in a new 2007 Pontiac G5 GT.

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