Thanks for visiting Palestra Back during college basketball’s most exciting time of year! I’m glad you chose this blog as a resource for information, opinions, and silliness during March Madness. While you’ll continue to find a wealth of information here at PB, I’ll also be contributing my work at *four* other sites this season. This post will include links to every meaningful thing I write that could possibly help you better fill out a bracket or simply enjoy the games this month. Check back or bookmark this page since it will update with new content through the Final Four!
This website will be my “home base” for all my work this month, hopefully providing all of the content you’re craving in the chaos of March. To follow along live during the games and to stay up to date with everything posted here, follow @PalestraBack on Twitter. If you have a question you’d like to see answered in a mailbag post, tweet at me or email PalestraBack@gmail.com. And yes, the Palestra Back Fantasy Shootout has returned. Enter now!
Here are all the Palestra Back posts from this season that should be relevant in March:
Running through the bracket to find the most important quirks and qualities that could decide the big games this weekend.
Helpful if you’re stuck on a game in your bracket. Also great for those of you looking for specific nerd stuff to watch for during the games.
I’ve got concerns about Michigan, Iowa, and Oklahoma State.
Includes deep dives on Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu, Arkansas’ Moses Moody, a few coaching notes, and some NBA Draft thoughts.
Answering a reader question about 11-14 seeds capable of being our Cinderella this season. A must-read before you fill out a bracket.
Although the overall message here is no longer debatable (Garza deserves the award), it’s a nice exploration of his limitations as he leads the Hawkeyes into the postseason.
Placing Gonzaga and Baylor into Historical Context Helps Us Find Our 2021 National Champion (2/11/21)
Another great one to re-visit in March. Digging into the analytical profile of past champions to see if Gonzaga, Baylor, or anyone else fits the bill.
It’s OK to admit you haven’t been watching much college hoops this season. This post was created as a catch up for the casual fan. It’s a bit out of date now, but still has tons of good baseline information.
I’m back for another year of tournament previews with Joe Lunardi and his Bracket Bunker team!
This year I covered 10 teams (Gonzaga, BYU, UConn, Creighton, Georgetown, Houston, Wichita State, Norfolk State, Hartford, and Grand Canyon) as part of Joey Brackets’ giant preview of all 68 teams. You’ll need to be an ESPN+ subscriber to read.
I’m happy to join the team over at The Action Network this season! It’s a perfect place for bettors to receive all the content they crave, but it’s also good for those without any skin in the game. Even though all the previews will include odds and spreads, they will still be chock full of information about the best teams, the ins and outs, and the things to watch. I’ll be contributing previews of individual games, best bets for the day, and a variety of other content. There’s a lot more of my work at the Action Network than is listed below, but most of it is previews of games that have already happened. Follow @OnTheShaneTrain for the latest.
This is a fun one. I took a look at the double-digit seeds still hanging around in the NCAA Tournament to see if their luck will run out.
What’s the recipe to beat Gonzaga? Does Oklahoma have the answers?
Previewing this Round of 32 game that could be a classic.
I joined in with the rest of the Action Network staff to cover every First Round game and every region as a whole. Nine of the blurbs are from me, but that document is a must read for anyone before filling out a bracket or watching the games (especially for gamblers).
Two very exciting conferences that should have super interesting tournaments, sending multiple teams to the Big Dance.
If you looked at your bracket and don’t know anything about Winthrop or Grand Canyon, here’s a handy little guide.
College Basketball Mid-Major Betting Report: Finding Value in WCC’s Second Tier of BYU, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco
Saint Mary’s and USF are done for the year, but BYU is dancing. This is a good primer on the Cougs.
We’re back for another year with our friends at Larry Brown Sports! Every week I’ve checked in on a different aspect of the college basketball landscape.
Which players can swing the Sweet Sixteen without being a big name star?
Which mid-major players could be household names this month?
A favorite and a dark horse for every power conference crown.
Belmont sadly won’t be dancing, but the other four are prime candidates to upend the bracket.
Four of these five will be making a big impact in March.
All five will be in the tournament. All five will be interesting to track.
I’ve been chipping in over at Rotoballer this season with mostly NBA stuff, but when March arrives, it’s all about the Madness.
Shane McNichol is the founder, editor, and senior writer at PalestraBack.com. He has also contributed to ESPN.com, The Action Network, Rush The Court, Larry Brown Sports, RotoBaller, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain. You can find every post from this blog on Twitter by following @PalestraBack.