A feature length documentary film that revisits the 1974 ACC Championship game and examines its impact on the game of college basketball.
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 NCAA Tournament and the game of college basketball. STYLE & APPROACH: In the style of ESPN’s popular “30 for 30” series, The Game That Changed College Basketball promises to take the viewer on an enlightening excursion, exploring all of the events which led to the 1974 ACC Championship game, the fascinating game itself, and its ultimate impact on the NCAA Tournament and all of college basketball. The film will intertwine video footage from the historic game with still photos, poignant interviews and testimonials from the great players who participated in the game such as David Thompson, Len Elmore, John Lucas, Monte Towe, and Tom McMillen. Legendary, “Hall of Fame” Maryland basketball coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell will provide insight and perspective on what it was like to coach in that historic game, while Hall of Fame announcer Bill Packer (who announced the game for Jefferson Pilot Sports) and best-selling author/Washington Post columnist John Feinstein place the game in its proper historic context and examine the impact that it had on the rules of the NCAA Tournament and shaping the game of college basketball as we know it. The Film is 90% completed and we have reached an agreement with CBS Sports Network to air the film once we're finished. To view a "video teaser" of the film please visit the LINKS section of this pitch.