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Sports Film of the Week: Survive and Advance

You’re in for the night, so press go on an 80s college basketball rollercoaster ride.

Title: Survive and Advance

Released: March 2013.

Director: Jonathon Hock.

Plot: The amazing run of Jimmy Valvano’s North Carolina State “Wolfpack” basketball team. Their run run of nine wins out of nine win-or-go-home fixtures is made all the more implausible when Michael Jordan is counted among the opposition.

This is not Mighty Ducks stuff, though, and real life hits hard.

What the critics said: “Hock puts the viewer in the front seat of the roller coaster ride that was North Carolina Sate’s flawed, chilling, and perfect 1983 NCAA Tournament. Mixing nostalgia and the late Jim Valvano’s charisma with intense basketball scenes, Survive and Advance is the perfect retelling of one of the greatest sports stories ever.” PolicyMic’s Liam Boylan-Pett

Random YouTube comment: “I cut the picture of Lorenzo making that slam out of the LA Times and pasted it on my wall. It was the first basketball pic I had ever put on my wall.” – Bumdog Torres.

YouTube credit: MOAMSubZero

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