We Just Saw One of the Greatest Upsets in March Madness History
Fairleigh Dickinson made history on Friday night.
The small school from Hackensack, New Jersey became just the second-ever No. 16 seed in NCAA Tournament history to beat a No. 1 seed. Purdue, who finished as one the top team in the Big Ten this year and had the fourth-highest odds to win the title, entered the game a -23 favorite to pull off the victory.
The Knights, who are part of the Northeast Conference, have made the tournament just six times before this season. Other than one first-four victory to move on into the first round, they have never picked up a win.
FDU also entered this season’s tourney as the smallest team in the field, making their win over the Boilermakers and the 7-foot-4 Zach Edey that much more impressive.
Oh, and it’s pretty darn cool that their head coach said this before joining the prestigious club …
The UMBC Retrievers are the only other team to beat a No. 1 seed, as they blew out Virginia 74-54 back in 2018.