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March Insanity 2023: UMBC, faculty basketball world react to Fairleigh Dickinson’s gorgeous upset over Purdue

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Mar 18, 2023

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March Insanity actually lived as much as its title on Friday night time. No. 16 seed FDU pulled off a shocking upset of No. 1 seed Purdue, making the Knights solely the second group in NCAA Event historical past to win a 16-1 matchup. 

The win was nearly unattainable to foretell on quite a few fronts: No. 16 seeds have been 1-150 in first-round matchups coming into Friday; FDU is the nation’s shortest average team, in accordance with KenPom, whereas Purdue is the tallest; as 23.5-point underdogs, the Knights have been in line to create the most important upset in match historical past with a win; and if the purpose wanted any extra exemplifying, FDU’s victory eradicated all of the remaining excellent males’s brackets at CBS Sports activities. 

FDU, in truth, was fortunate to even get to the Large Dance. The Knights misplaced the NEC title sport to Merrimack, however since Merrimack is transitioning to Division I, it was ineligible for the NCAA Event, thus awarding the convention’s automated to FDU. The Knights have been listed because the No. 68 general seed — the final group within the area. 

The Knights’ historic win comes 5 years after UMBC turned the primary group to win a 16-vs.-1 matchup. UMBC beat Virginia as a 20.5-point underdog in that sport.

As a substitute of being bitter about FDU stealing its highlight, UMBC celebrated the guy underdog’s win whereas issuing a pleasant reminder for followers to be civil towards Purdue: 

The March Insanity account was all for the FDU-UMBC connection, as was FDU … 

Chris Lengthy, a former NFL defensive finish and Virginia alum, thought of FDU’s win a motive for followers to cease trash speaking his Cavaliers — Purdue followers, specifically … 

CBS Sports activities identified that FDU coach Tobin Anderson had an thought this win was doable days in the past …  

Listed here are another reactions from the Twitterverse …