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TV Review: The latest 30 For 30 looks at Houston’s game-changing “Phi Slama Jama” era

30 For 30 has been around long enough now to start contradicting itself. One of the series’ best and most popular episodes is “Survive And Advance,” the inspiring story of how Coach Jim Valvano willed an underdog North Carolina State basketball team to a national championship in 1983. A big part of the myth of the Wolfpack has to do with who they beat in the finals: the fast-breaking, monster-dunking Houston Cougars, led by Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon. The scrappy little guys ground down the legendary Phi Slama Jama juggernaut, in one of the most famous games in NCAA tournament history—one of the “shining moments” that turned March Madness into a cultural phenomenon.

That’s one heck of a story… unless you’re from Houston, that is. The latest 30 For 30 episode, “Phi Slama Jama” (airing on ESPN tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern), looks at the …

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