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Fairleigh Dickinson upsets top seed Purdue, becoming second 16 seed to beat a No. 1 in March Madness history

Fairleigh Dickinson upsets top seed Purdue, becoming second 16 seed to beat a No. 1 in March Madness history

The first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament saw a historic upset as the No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson Knights defeated the No. 1 seed Purdue Boilermakers. The final score was 72-73, with Fairleigh Dickinson securing their place in the second round. This marks only the second time in March Madness history that a No. 16 seed has beaten a No. 1 seed.

The game was closely contested throughout, with neither team able to gain a significant advantage. Purdue led by 3 points at halftime, and Fairleigh Dickinson made a strong comeback in the second half. The Knights took a 7-point lead with just over a minute to play, but Purdue managed to close the gap and had a chance to win the game with the final shot. However, the Boilermakers missed a 3-pointer, and Fairleigh Dickinson secured the upset victory.

This win is a significant achievement for Fairleigh Dickinson, a small private university located in New Jersey. The school has only made the NCAA Tournament twice before, in 2016 and 2019, but had never won a game in the tournament until now. The Knights were led by guard Jahlil Jenkins, who scored a game-high 22 points and made several clutch plays down the stretch.

The upset victory also marks a disappointing end to Purdue's season. The Boilermakers had a strong regular season, finishing with a 23-8 record and winning the Big Ten Conference Tournament. They were considered one of the favorites to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, but were unable to get past the first round.

The upset win by Fairleigh Dickinson is a reminder of the unpredictability of March Madness and the potential for underdog teams to pull off major upsets. The tournament is known for its "Cinderella stories," where lower-seeded teams make deep runs and knock off higher-ranked opponents. The last No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed was the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which upset Virginia in 2018.

Fairleigh Dickinson will now advance to the second round of the tournament, where they will face the No. 8 seed LSU Tigers. The Knights will look to continue their impressive run and make history by becoming the first No. 16 seed to make it to the Sweet 16. The tournament continues to be one of the most exciting and unpredictable events in sports, and the upset victory by Fairleigh Dickinson is just the latest example of the magic of March Madness.

 

The first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament saw a historic upset as the No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson Knights defeated the No. 1 seed Purdue Boilermakers. The final score was 72-73, with Fairleigh Dickinson securing their place in the second round. This marks only the second time in March Madness history that a No. 16 seed has beaten a No. 1 seed.

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