Vanderbilt's foul fail puts the Madness in March
Matthew Fisher-Davis' crucial mistake hands Northwestern first-ever tournament win
It's still early, but Vanderbilt may have already made the worst play of this year's NCAA tournament.
In the dying seconds of their first-round game against Northwestern, Vanderbilt guard Matthew Fisher-Davis made a crucial mistake. For some reason, Fisher-Davis intentionally fouled a Northwestern player while Vanderbilt was up by one.
This unfortunate boneheaded mistake hands Northwestern the win over Vanderbilt, 68-66. <a href="https://t.co/QW2cfcvBA9">pic.twitter.com/QW2cfcvBA9</a>—@LeadingSports_
The bizarre foul handed the ball back to Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh, who knocked down both free throws to take the lead.
A last ditch long-ball from Vanderbilt's Riley LaChance with one second remaining wouldn't go, and Northwestern walked away with their first-ever March Madness win.
GET. OUT. <br><br>The Northwestern Wildcats are the proud owners of their first tournament victory. <a href="https://t.co/KgrVyXzco1">pic.twitter.com/KgrVyXzco1</a>—@CBSSports
Doug Collins can't even... <a href="https://t.co/GOBq4JnGBm">pic.twitter.com/GOBq4JnGBm</a>—@BleacherReport
Fisher-Davis, on the other hand, went from hero to zero real quick.
He led his team in points with 22, keeping Vanderbilt in a game that was dominated by Northwestern, but it's his final misstep that will be remembered.
Matthew Fisher-Davis was a major reason why Vanderbilt was even able to have a chance to win, but that will be lost on many with the foul.—@JWJohnsonVU247
Just waiting for the news article about the death threats the Vanderbilt kid is going to receive lmao—@tylerlenox_
Vanderbilt students waiting for Matthew Fisher-Davis like <a href="https://t.co/TsdpVZtcfc">pic.twitter.com/TsdpVZtcfc</a>—@ericvdunn
While Vanderbilt fans were obviously the most heartbroken, amateur brackotologists everywhere were not pleased when the favoured Commodores failed to produce.
So after a 7 for 7 start on my bracket. Vanderbilt's star player decided to foul Northwestern and give them the win and bust my bracket. Wow—@mcnultyk9
LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARD. YOU'RE WINNING!!! WHY DO YOU FOUL THERE?!?!?! You literally just let the whole team and my bracket down. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Vanderbilt?src=hash">#Vanderbilt</a>—@Jarrell_JD
Though the critical mistake gave Vanderbilt an early exit, the March Madness tournament has seen worse.
Michigan's Chris Webber famously called a timeout for his team when they didn't have any left, drawing a technical foul with 11 seconds left of the championship game.
Michigan would go on to lose the game 77-71 to North Carolina.