Without March Madness, basketball fans are missing some of the most passionately played basketball action that exists. It’s where players come out of nowhere to entrench themselves in hoop history with one impactful game or one unforgettable moment.
Remember back in 2018, when Arizona’s Rawle Alkins – a Brooklyn, NY native – unleashed perhaps the illest dunk of the college basketball season against USC in the Pac-12 tournament championship game. Surprisingly, the Trojans defender neglected to file charges afterward.
Under the microscope of March, dunks like this become moments and memories that take on a life of their own. They live forever, continuously reverberating through our consciousness, especially when the NCAA Tournament gets underway.
Here’s our list of the greatest dunks the NCAA Tournament has ever seen.
Duke’s Grant Hill against Kansas in the 1991 National Championship
Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon against Florida Gulf Coast in the 2017 Round of 64
UCLA’s Alfred Aboya against Florida in the 2006 National Championship
Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem against UNC in the 2016 Elite 8
Houston’s Clyde Drexler against Louisville in 1983 Final Four
Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin against Michigan in the 2009 Round of 32
UCONN’s Stanley Robinson against Michigan State in the 2009 Final Four
Michigan State’s Durrell Summers pays Stanley Robinson Back in the 2009 Final Four
Ball State’s Chandler Thompson against Louisville in the 1990 Round of 32
UNC’s James Michael McAdoo against Vermont in the 2012 Round of 64
Kentucky’s James Young against UCONN in the 2014 National Championship
Kansas’ Darrell Arthur against Villanova in the 2008 Sweet 16
Baylor’s Quincy Acy against Xavier in the 2012 Sweet 16
Houston’s Clyde Drexler against Memphis State in 1983 Sweet 16
Thanks to coronavirus we’ll have to wait until next year to see who joins this list.