Former NBA coach Doug Collins might be Northwestern basketball’s biggest fan. Collins has been a regular at Welsh-Ryan Arena ever since his son Chris was hired to coach the Wildcats in 2013, always watching intently and cheering enthusiastically.
Now Northwestern is on the verge of the first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and Doug Collins can barely watch. As the Wildcats held a slim 66-63 lead against Rutgers with 8 seconds left on Saturday night, ESPN camera caught him yelling and cringing after a missed free throw by the Wildcats.
Doug Collins watching his son's team. Taking the free throw miss in stride. pic.twitter.com/wJfkHDYfmo
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) February 19, 2017
After missing the first free throw, Northwestern forward Vic Law hit the second, giving the Wildcats a 4-point lead. They eventually won 69-65. As you can imagine, Doug Collins’ emotions were a little different after the final buzzer.
Doug Collins Stage 5: Smooches of relief. pic.twitter.com/EVvQXqaqgR
— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) February 19, 2017