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Best Basketball Movie Challenge: Hackman Bracket

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Blazer’s Edge is filling the bracket void with a competition featuring 16 basketball-themed feature films.

Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper giving advice to each other

The NBA’s hiatus has forced several die-hard hoops fans to turn to alternative mediums to get their basketball fix. One potential avenue is feature films. The basketball genre is loaded with gems and duds, which is why we are putting our readers to the test with a bracket challenge in an effort to find the best hoops-themed movie.

This post is half of the 16-movie bracket and features four different head-to-head matchups. The other half of the competition can be found in the “Murray” bracket.

For this challenge: documentaries are omitted (sorry Hoop Dreams).

Hoosiers (1) vs Like Mike (8)

Hoosiers | Release: 1986

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Like Mike | Release: 2002

Trailer:

You Decide

Poll

Hoosiers (1) vs Like Mike (8)

This poll is closed

  • 91%
    Hoosiers
    (274 votes)
  • 8%
    Like Mike
    (24 votes)
298 votes total Vote Now

Coach Carter (4) vs Glory Road (5)

Coach Carter | Release: 2005

Trailer:

Glory Road | Release: 2006

Trailer:

Poll

Coach Carter (4) vs Glory Road (5)

This poll is closed

  • 55%
    Coach Carter
    (130 votes)
  • 44%
    Glory Road
    (105 votes)
235 votes total Vote Now

Teen Wolf (3) vs Above the Rim (6)

Teen Wolf | Release: 1985

Trailer:

Above the Rim | Release: 1994

Trailer:

Poll

Teen Wolf (3) vs Above the Rim (6)

This poll is closed

  • 45%
    Teen Wolf
    (117 votes)
  • 54%
    Above the Rim
    (141 votes)
258 votes total Vote Now

White Men Can’t Jump (2) vs Celtic Pride (7)

White Men Can’t Jump | Release: 1992

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Celtic Pride | Release: 1996

Trailer:

Poll

White Men Can’t Jump (2) vs Celtic Pride (7)

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    White Men Can’t Jump
    (262 votes)
  • 3%
    Celtic Pride
    (10 votes)
272 votes total Vote Now

Voting for the opening round of the Hackman portion of the bracket closes Friday morning. Along with those results, voting will start on the Murray Bracket.

A quick look at the Murray Bracket:

  • Space Jam (1) vs Air Bud (8)
  • Semi Pro (4) vs Love & Basketball (5)
  • Blue Chips (3) vs Finding Forester (6)
  • He Got Game (2) vs The Air Up There (7)