Northwestern basketball had a season to remember in 2016-17. While it may be finished, more memories could be on their way.
ESPN announced this week that Northwestern’s buzzer beater to defeat Michigan on March 1 has been nominated for best play at this year’s ESPYS Awards. The winner will be determined by fan vote and announced at a ceremony on July 12.
With the game tied and under 2.0 seconds remaining in regulation, Northwestern inbounded the ball from under its own basket. Senior Nathan Taphorn chucked an overhand, Hail Mary pass to sophomore center Dererk Pardon, who became open because of a double screen. After catching the pass very close to the Michigan hoop, the sophomore had enough time to compose himself and hit a layup as time expired. Northwestern won, 67-65.
The fans stormed the court, and the play helped ignite Northwestern’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats won a memorable NCAA Tournament game as well, edging Vanderbilt, 68-66, in the first round. They also played Gonzaga very tough, falling 79-73 in the round of 32.
In the first round of voting in the “Best Play” category, the Wildcats’ buzzer beater will square off in a fan vote against Edwin Encarnacion’s walk-off home run for the Toronto Blue Jays versus the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Wild Card Game last October.
BIG NEWS: We’re nominated for Best Play at @ESPYS!
Now we need you to vote: https://t.co/USB6IM6qyT
— NU Men's Basketball (@NUMensBball) June 22, 2017