How Undersized, Underestimated Fairleigh Dickinson Toppled Purdue

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Sports Illustrated

By Kevin Sweeney The top-seeded Boilermakers suffered one the biggest upset in NCAA tournament history, losing to the 23.5-point underdog Knights. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson’s 63–58 win over top-seeded Purdue immediately moves to the top of the biggest upsets in the history of the NCAA tournament. Based on Sports Reference data, it’s the largest upset based on point spread in Big Dance history. The Knights were 23.5-point underdogs. The previous high: 21 points, when Norfolk State beat Missouri as a No. 15 seed in 2012. Fairleigh Dickinson wouldn’t even be in the NCAA tournament if not for a m…

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