Crying Northwestern Kid’ Reflects on Viral Moment With Team Back in March Madness
The 2017 NCAA Tournament was a peak in the century-long history of Northwestern basketball, but the lasting image from that run came from the stands.
The Wildcats made it to the second round and faced top-seeded Gonzaga. It was a tall order for Northwestern to keep up with, let alone beat, the eventual national runner-up. As one young fan showed, that didn’t make the game any less emotional.
Northwestern had trimmed a 20-point deficit down to 11 when Barret Benson was called for a flagrant foul with 7:54 left to go in the second half.
The CBS cameras cut to a hysterical kid in a Northwestern jersey losing his mind at the call, and he instantly went viral. That kid is now attending a university in the northeast while keeping up with Northwestern from afar.