Merrimack Coach ‘Happy’ That Fairleigh Dickinson Upset Purdue

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Sports Illustrated

By Daniel Chavkin The Warriors would have been in the tournament over the Knights had it not been for an NCAA rule. Fairleigh Dickinson’s upset over Purdue on Friday is made even more amazing by the fact that they are not even supposed to be in the men’s NCAA tournament by normal standards. While the Knights did finish the season with 21 wins, they didn’t earn a traditional automatic qualifier bid because they didn’t win the Northeast Conference tournament. That honor belonged to Merrimack, who beat the Knights 67–66 in the NEC tournament final. However, because Merrimack is ineligible for the…

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