March 9th, 2012
12:21 PM ET
On Sunday night, the match-ups will be made and March Madness will officially begin. Sports headlines will be consumed by brackets, buzzer-beaters and basketball through early April.
It may not be America’s pastime - or have Madonna performing at halftime shows - but when the calendar flips to March, college basketball turns into a dramatic, pop culture spectacle.
For this week’s top five, it would be a shame on the eve of March Madness not to reflect on memorable basketball movies.These films, like the sport that they glorify, have entertained us with a very simple formula: a basket, a ball and a game filled with heartache and hope.
"Hoosiers" (1986): “I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners.” – Coach Norman Dale
"Hoop Dreams" (1994): “It became more of a job than a sport to play.” – William Gates
"White Men Can’t Jump" (1992): “It ain’t easy being this good!” – Sidney Deane
"Teen Wolf" (1985): “It doesn't matter how you play the game, it's whether you win or lose.” – Coach Finstock
"The Basketball Diaries" (1995): “You gotta have presence on the court. Presence like a cheetah rather than a chimp.” – Jim Carroll
"Semi-Pro" (2008): “Nothing in the rulebook that says you can't play drunk.” – Jackie Moon
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