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

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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 by clicking here (voting closed).

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

Space Jam (1) vs Air Bud (8)

Space Jam | Release: 1996

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Air Bud | Release: 1997

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Space Jam (1) vs Air Bud (8)

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  • 83%
    Space Jam
    (187 votes)
  • 16%
    Air Bud
    (37 votes)
224 votes total Vote Now

Semi-Pro (4) vs Love & Basketball (5)

Semi-Pro | Release: 2008

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Love & Basketball | Release: 2000

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Semi-Pro (4) vs Love & Basketball (5)

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Semi-Pro
    (123 votes)
  • 41%
    Love & Basketball
    (87 votes)
210 votes total Vote Now

Blue Chips (3) vs Finding Forrester (6)

Blue Chips | Release: 1994

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Finding Forrester | Release: 2000

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Blue Chips (3) vs Finding Forrester (6)

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Blue Chips
    (131 votes)
  • 37%
    Finding Forrester
    (78 votes)
209 votes total Vote Now

He Got Game (2) vs The Air Up There (7)

He Got Game | Release: 1998

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The Air Up There | Release: 1994

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He Got Game (2) vs The Air Up There (7)

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    He Got Game
    (165 votes)
  • 24%
    The Air Up There
    (53 votes)
218 votes total Vote Now

Voting on these matchups closes Saturday morning. We will have the second round of the Hackman Region on the same day.