The Michigan basketball team was simply stunned.
Northwestern beat Michigan 67-65 on a last-second shot by Dererk Pardon, who caught Nathan Taphorn’s full-court pass and scored the game-winner on a layup behind three flailing Michigan defenders Wednesday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 2, 2017
While the Wildcats may have clinched their first NCAA Tournament berth in school history, Michigan dropped to 2-8 on the road and needs another win — on the road, no less — to get back into the postseason picture.
Here’s what Michigan coach John Beilein said about the last-second loss at Northwestern:
Beilein on the Michigan Sports Radio Network
On the ending: “Just a great basketball game in every way. We did everything that we could to win the game and they just made one more better play than us at the end. It’s a shame we couldn’t get that ‘W’ but we got just enough done to be close enough.
“I really feel bad for our guys. They’re devastated by that. If you remember the last time we lost here, it was a similar fashion at the buzzer, in overtime.”
On Northwestern’s last-second shot: “It had to be an absolutely perfect pass … he finished it. Game.”
On Derrick Walton Jr. (15 points) and how to make sure the loss doesn’t affect him: “We have to just tell him, the sun’s going to come up tomorrow. We have the day off (Thursday). We’ll watch film Friday and Saturday. We’ve got a big game Sunday at Nebraska. Congratulate Northwestern, and this is part of basketball. Part of life. There’s not much we can do.”
Also from Beilein:
— Meg Pisarczyk (@megpisarczyk12) March 2, 2017
John Beilein just compared Dererk Pardon’s game-winner to the Christian Laettner shot.
— Ryan Fish (@RyanMFish) March 2, 2017