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Northwestern Locks up NCAA Tourney Berth on Buzzer Beater

No streak in college basketball may be more talked about than that of the Northwestern Wildcats and their absence in the NCAA tournament. You know, as in they’ve never made the NCAA tournament…EVER.

It isn’t something Northwestern fans aren’t well, well, WELL aware of on a yearly basis. Northwestern fans often joke about the NCAA tournament like Chicago Cubs fans have about the World Series prior to this year — you know, “there’s always next year.”

No season may be as memorable as the 2016-17 season, as the Wildcats have done everything but clinch a berth in the tournament leading up to the final days of the season. Well, after Wednesday night’s finish against Michigan, consider that ticket finally punched.

We can say that thanks to one of the most ridiculous plays of the Big Ten season.

Northwestern fans likely won’t forget where they were and who they were with when the witnessed this buzzer beater. After all, it was the buzzer beater that got them firmly in to the NCAA tournament for the first time ever.

Welcome to immortality Derek Pardon.

Welcome to trivia question for the ages Nathan Taphorn…as the one who made the full-court pass for the win.

Of course, the bottles will be put on ice for the next 10 days or so until the name of the Northwestern Wildcats will be named as part of the field of 64 officially. However, a win over Michigan in the final week and a winning record in the Big Ten?

You can bank on a NCAA tourney ticket with those kind of numbers.

[Video from theScore]

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball


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