WATCH: Northwestern get March Madness started early with Hail Mary winner


It did not take long for the madness to start in March.

There are still just under two weeks until the start of NCAA basketball tournament - better known as 'March Madness' - but the Northwestern Wildcats commenced the chaos early.

With 1.7 seconds left in Wednesday's game against Michigan and the score tied at 65-65, Northwestern's Nathan Taphorn launched a pinpoint Hail Mary pass the length of the court into the arms of center Dererk Pardon, who made no mistake with the lay-up to secure a 67-65 win.

Wild celebrations ensued as the home fans stormed the court, with the Michigan players only able to look on in desolation.

The victory likely secures a first appearance in the NCAA tournament for Northwestern.

Pardon told the Big Ten Network: "I can't explain how we feel right now. We told ourselves we're going to die before we lose this game."

Head coach Chris Collins added: "To execute the home-run play, for Pardon to finish it, it couldn't be sweeter."