Survive and Advance: ESPN 30 for 30 looks at Jimmy V’s Wolfpack

Survive and Advance, ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 documentary, looks back on one of sports’ most inspiring stories: Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State Wolfpack and their improbable run to the 1983 NCAA basketball championship. Director Jonathan Hock takes a poignant look through the eyes of senior captain Dereck Whittenburg at a dream fulfilled and explores what at times has been a tragic and heartbreaking aftermath in the 30 years since.

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Survive and Advance premieres on ESPN Sunday, March 17, at 9pm ET as part of the ESPN networks’ 16 hours of Selection Sunday coverage.

From ESPN’s press release:

ESPN’s coverage on Selection Sunday will conclude with ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary Survive and Advance, focusing on NC State’s 1983 season, at 9 p.m. When the 1982-83 college basketball season began, Jim Valvano and his NC State Wolfpack faced high expectations with equally high aspirations. But with 10 losses for the season, the Wolfpack’s only hope of making the NCAA Tournament was to win the ACC Tournament and earn the conference’s automatic berth. Nine straight improbable tournament wins later over the likes of superstars Sampson, Jordan, Olajuwon and Drexler, NC State had “survived and advanced” its way to a national championship. In Survive and Advance, director Jonathan Hock takes a poignant look through the eyes of senior captain Dereck Whittenburg at a dream fulfilled and explores what at times has been a tragic and heartbreaking aftermath in the 30 years since.

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