By Jayna Morris
Assistant Editor, NKU Magazine
Today we’re throwing it back to a day that electrified an entire nation of NKU fans old and new: two days ago when our men’s basketball team won the 2017 Horizon League Motor City Madness Championship.
It was down to the final minute of the game, and the Northern Kentucky University Norse basketball team was leading by six points. NKU fans—from northern Kentucky to Atlanta and California to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit—anxiously waited for the clock to run down. We’re almost there.
The Milwaukee Panthers cut NKU’s lead down to three points twice within the last 30 seconds, causing a wave of panic, nail biting, and pacing in living rooms. Come on, boys.
Two fouls and subsequent free throws put the Norse back up to a six-point lead with two seconds left. As the buzzer went off, fans dressed in black and gold cheered and beamed with pride. Norse win.
The Norse defeated Milwaukee 59-53, earning the championship trophy, an automatic bid into the NCAA March Madness Tournament in their first year of Division I eligibility, and a new nickname. Cinderella.