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The Game That Changed College Basketball
SYNOPSIS: What if I told you that in 1974 the number #1 ranked college basketball team in the nation would play the number #4 ranked team in the nation to overtime in their conference tournament final and the loser would not make the NCAA Tournament? The Game That Changed College Basketball is a feature length documentary film that revisits the historic 1974 ACC Championship game between NC State and Maryland and examines its ultimate impact on the game of college basketball.
TREATMENT: The 1974 ACC Men’s Basketball Championship between North Carolina State University and the University of Maryland is widely considered one of the greatest college basketball games ever played. Featuring the number #1 ranked NC State Wolfpack and the number #4 ranked Maryland Terrapins, this hard fought, up tempo game was played to flawless perfection (not one turnover was made by either team during 40 minutes of regulation) and showcased the talents of five “All-Americans” and seven future NBA players. NC State, the eventual 103-100 winner in overtime would go on to win the National Championship, while the loser, Maryland, would go home. By today’s standards this would be preposterous but in 1974 the NCAA Tournament restricted its selection to conference champions and independents. In 1975, one year after the historic ACC Championship game, the NCAA added 16 “At Large” bids to the NCAA Tournament allowing conferences to send multiple teams to the tournament for the first time. The Game That Changed College Basketball revisits the historic 1974 ACC Championship and examines its overall impact on the NCAA Tournament and the game of college basketball as we know it.
STYLE & APPROACH: In the style of ESPN’s popular “30 for 30” series, The Game That Changed College Basketball skillfully intertwines historic photos and video footage from the legendary game with poignant interviews with many of the great players who participated in the game icluding David Thompson, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Maurice "Moe Howard, Tom McMillen, Billy Hahn, Tom Roy, Monte Towe, and Tom Burleson. Legendary Hall of Fame Maryland basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell provides insight and perspective on what it was like to coach in that historic game, while legendary sportscaster Billy Packer (who announced the game for the Jefferson Pilot Sports) and Washington Post columnist and best-selling author John Feinstein place the game in its proper historic context and examine the impact it had on changing the rules of the NCAA Tournament and shaping the game of college basketball as we know it.
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STARS: Hezekiah Walker, Vernee Watson, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Rae'Ven Larrymore-Kelly, Deidra LaWan Starnes, Malachi Malik, “Salazar”, and Kevin LeVar.
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Shuaib Mitchell (Straight Up Go Go, Too Saved, The Game That Changed College Basketball)
AWARDS: 2014 TIVA-DC Bronze Peer Award (Independent Feature), the 26th Annual Larry Neal Writer’s Award, 2010 Creative World Awards (CWA) Screenplay Competition (finalist) and the 14th Annual Fade-In Awards Screenplay Competition (quarter-finalist).
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AWARDS: Dove “Family-Approved” Seal (4-Star Rating), “Best Film” 1st Annual North Carolina Family Film Festival (2011), “Best Film” 1st Annual KingdomWood Christian Film Festival (2008), “Best Religious Film” 5th Annual San Diego Black Film Festival (2008).
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Shuaib Mitchell (Straight Up Go Go, Nocturnal Agony, The Game That Changed College Basketball)
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