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The storied history of University of Houston’s Phi Slama Jama gets its own documentary.

In the 1980s, the University of Houston had the most famous fraternity in college basketball. Led by Clyde Drexler, Mitchell Wiggins, Hakeem Olajuwon & Benny Anders, Phi Slama Jama became the cornerstone of Guy V. Lewis’ ’80s Cougars squads. The teams went to three consecutive NCAA Final Fours and two consecutive National Championship games, falling short on both occasions.

Now ESPN and Houston based filmmaker Chip Rives are retelling the tale of the flamboyant UH crew with ‘Phi Slama Jama’, an ESPN 30 For 30 set to highlight the Cougars as well as go on a search for Anders. In the 90 second trailer below, there are interviews with plenty UH figures from Clyde Drexler to Jim Nance. Archival clips show how much the city and the country bought into Phi Slama Jama. Although the 1984 National Title game loss to Georgetown broke the hearts of many, it was the 1983 loss to NC State that really ruined them, Anders especially.

Rives and company spend the next half of the documentary on a search for Anders, who has ducked the public eye for more than three decades. Now living in Detroit, Anders was tracked down thanks to tips from former UH player Eric Davis among others. Now, his side of the story and his ill-fated steal attempt will come into play.

ESPN Films’ Phi Slama Jama will air in two weeks, October 18. Two more 30 For 30s focused on the rise and life of John Daly and the 1988 Miami vs. Notre Dame college football game will air later this Fall. View the Phi Slama Jama trailer below.

PHOTO CREDIT: ESPN

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