Palestra Back Presents: A Bracket to Decide the Top March Madness Moment of the 2010s

Hello, reader. Are you crawling up the walls during these uncertain, basketball-free times?

I sure am. That’s why, in lieu of the March fun we usually get to share in, I created something new for us to debate and follow. Say hello to the the Top March Madness Moment of the 2010s Bracket:

There’s a lot to digest there, so let me explain:

  1. This will be determined by you! I’ll be posting polls to the Palestra Back Twitter starting Thursday, March 26. Please follow along and vote for your favorite moments.
  2. I’ll be providing YouTube clips when available and necessary. Some of these are deep cuts, but once I saw the game again for even a second, I could remember it like it was yesterday!
  3. What is the criteria? Hard to say. For me, I’ll be thinking about what was most memorable, impactful, and remarkable. Those words might mean different things to different people. My personal criteria, which is represented in the seeding for the most part, came down to what felt special. Could I remember where I watched that moment? How unlikely or surprising was that event? Was it unprecedented or monumental in anyway? Did it involve any historical programs, players, or coaches? All of that is in there somewhere.
  4. Holy hell, Shane. Why on Earth is this a bracket of 128 moments?? Great question, with a few answers. First, I’m an insane person with time on my hands. Second, 64 couldn’t withstand the amount of moments I wanted to include. My initial list after combing through the decade was about 135 total moments. The “MUST INCLUDE” tagged portion was 91 moments. Cutting seven semi-forgettable moments (mostly near upsets or close calls) seemed way easier and more fair than me slicing that list down and potentially removing a moment you love.
  5. Ok, sure, but that’s so many moments and they are too small for me to read. Oh, sorry. This might help, it’s every region on it’s own:




That’s pretty much it.

If you see any typos or factual errors, please send them my way via Twitter or by emailing I threw this thing together in the last few days but may have gone crazy doing so. Also, hit me up if you think a moment got snubbed. Or send me your completed bracket.

Let’s have some fun. Check back as this unfolds over the next week!


Shane McNichol is the founder, editor, and senior writer at He has also contributed to, Rush The Court, Larry Brown Sports, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain. You can find every post from this blog on Twitter by following @PalestraBack.

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