March Madness Stunner: No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson upsets No. 1 Purdue in NCAA tournament
March Madness Stunner: No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson upsets No. 1 Purdue in NCAA tournament  

Fairleigh Dickinson Knights beat Purdue Boilermakers in biggest upset in March Madness history

For the second time in the history of the NCAA tournament, a No. 16 seed has eliminated a No. 1 seed in the Round of 64. In 2018, it was the UMBC Retrievers that downed the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, 74-54. This time around it was the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights that earned a 63-58 win over the Purdue Boilermakers. The Knights were 23-point underdogs on Friday, March 17th and could have been had at +2000 on the moneyline before the game. This is now the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA tournament.  

Fairleigh Dickinson, which went 4-22 one season ago, was just 20-15 entering this game, and the team didn’t even win its conference tournament to make it to March Madness. Merrimack College was the true Northeast Conference Tournament champion, but the team was ineligible for postseason play. That gave the Knights the opportunity to live another day. That obscure domino effect resulted in the Boilermakers getting bounced early.

Purdue was 29-5 heading into this game and was the eighth-ranked team in our VSiN Team Power Ratings. The Boilermakers had one of the best players in the country in center Zach Edey, who was averaging 22.3 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game entering this contest.

  
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