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5 Totally Awesome Basketball Movies to Watch This Weekend

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College hoops are in full swing—unexpected crazy upsets and all (nice work, Harvard and Florida Gulf Coast!). We’re big lovers of the NCAA insanity, but on the off chance that you prefer your basketball in a more narrative format, we’ve rounded up our all-time favorite b-ball flicks so you can enjoy the courtside drama sans whistles and chaos. Nothing’s quite as great on a lazy weekend as watching good sportsmanship and courage overcome everything in a great sports film. 

1. Hoosiers: This movie is the ultimate underdog tale, featuring the iconic Gene Hackman as a new coach in a small town who teaches his players the value of teamwork. Dennis Hopper also makes an appearance as Hackman’s alcoholic assistant coach who needs some life coaching for himself. Who doesn’t love this rousing flick? Also, fun fact: You can thank this timeless film for the creation of the slow clap. Mind-blowing, right?

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Score the Madewell Look, Your Weekend Workout Playlist and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend.

Catch up on the rest of the news that you missed from this week by checking out our Morning Must Reads.

Your Indispensable Guide to That Giant NCAA Basketball Tournament

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I wasn’t born into a sports-fan family. Earlier generations did not instill my devotion to the University of Connecticut Huskies, my antagonistic feelings toward Duke and Syracuse, or my idea of a perfect evening: NCAA tournament opening weekend, all-you-can-watch buffet of games on multiple TVs at a sports bar, preferably with a big platter of wings and an IPA in front of me. Back in the late 1980s, a friend and I watched as UCONN made an improbable run in the tourney, and that was it: I was hooked for life. And although you might find me on any given day in January or February quite happily watching any given regular-season game between any given opponents, the madness that is March represents the pinnacle of the year. The best thing? You don’t need to be a die-hard fan to enjoy it. (Case in point: our tournament-inspired topknot throwdown.) Here’s your guide to making the most of the most wonderful sports event ever. 

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