Northwestern’s waited a long time, and celebrated like it.
Northwestern made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and made the most of it with a spectacular win against Vanderbilt.
After the game, everybody was thrilled, and for good reason. When the team’s coach came into the locker room, the team absolutely mobbed him.
Later on, Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald came in so hyped up, he was red in the face.
How Northwestern is Fitzgerald? Here he was in 2013, cheering on a team that’d finish the year 13-19:
Seated alone in the fairly empty student section, Pat Fitzgerald cheers on Northwestern. Gotta love the support.
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) February 2, 2013
Fitzgerald’s career record as a head coach is 77-62, all at NU, with two of the school’s four ranked finishes since 1948 and two of its three all-time bowl wins, so now he’s officially been a part of both major NU sports shedding demons.
— #B1GCats Football (@NUFBFamily) March 16, 2017
That’s one heck of a way for a team to win its first NCAA Tournament game, but it’s also a wonderful celebration.
Vandy with the late go-ahead bucket! And then… the… foul????? pic.twitter.com/qDI1ANU3NC
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 16, 2017
The Wildcats got a stop on the final possession and won their first NCAA Tournament game ever.
This is a really unfortunate mistake for Fisher-Davis, who played an otherwise great game and finished with a team-high 22 points. He simply made a mental error in the clutch.
Fisher-Davis in Vandy locker room didn’t offer a great explanation other than: “I made a dumb-ass foul.”
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 16, 2017
Matthew Fisher-Davis: “It was a collective effort in coming back, and it was my dumb mistake why we lost.”
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) March 16, 2017
That’s part of the reason why the NCAA Tournament is the most heart-stopping event in sports.
Their prize for beating Vanderbilt? No. 1 Gonzaga. If they win that one, the celebration will only be greater.