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Photo by Dakota Simon, graphic by Marlie Smith

This graphic represents the Fairleigh Dickinson’s win over Purdue.

Fairleigh Dickinson upsets Purdue 63-58. This makes FDU only the second 16-seed to beat a No. 1-seeded team. 

The Knights failed to win their conference tournament title; normally the win would have resulted in an automatic bid to the tournament, but luckily Merrimack, the team who beat Fairleigh Dickinson in the title game, had just transitioned to Division 1. Teams are ineligible to compete in the NCAA Tournament in the first four years of becoming a D-1 team.

Due to this rule, the Knights were awarded the automatic bid and the 16-seeded spot.

Leading up to the Round of 64, the Knights were the underdogs. Their record being 21-16, and ranked second in the Northeast Conference.

It was the exact opposite for the Boilermakers of Purdue. Their season ended with an outstanding record of 29-6, and ranked first in the Big Ten Conference. They were expected to win. 

The Knights entering the game with a brave mindset and put up an unexpected 32 points in the first half while Purdue only scored 31. 

Fairleigh Dickinson put a stop to 7-foot-4 Purdue center Zach Edey who averaged 22.3 points and 12.9 rebounds all season. This resulted in a shortcoming for Purdue. 

At the end of the second half, the Knights continued to fight. Their persistence paid off and the game ended with a historic win for Fairleigh Dickinson.

Despite the historic run, Fairleigh Dickinson fell short against Florida Atlantic in the round of 32. 

It all ended with a 70-78 loss.