March Madness 2023: Twitter Reacts, Pokes Fun at No. 1 Purdue’s Improbable Loss To No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson

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How improbable was Fairleigh Dickinson’s 63-58 victory over Purdue on Friday in a first-round matchup of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio?

Well, let’s start with the Knights are just the second No. 16 seed in tourney history to knock off a top-seeded team.

In terms of height, the Knights rank No. 363; Purdue was No. 1 and fielded the tallest player in college basketball, 7-foot-4 Zach Edey.

Last year, the Knights won just four games.

And this year, they only qualified because Northeast Conference tourney champion Merrimack was ineligible because it’s still in the four-year process of transitioning from a D-II program.

That alone left the Boilermakers fans stunned and at a loss for words …

Fairleigh Dickinson’s Smothering Defense Stymies Purdue

What made Fairleigh Dickinson’s win even more improbable was how the Boilermakers folded down the stretch. Who besides Fletcher Loyer wanted to take a shot? The Knights’ smothering defense held the Boilermakers scoreless for early six minutes, surging to a five-point lead on Sean Moore’s 3-pointer with 1:03 remaining.

And Knights coach Tobin Anderson predicted the upset during a team speech, declaring “the more I watch Purdue, the more I think we can beat them.”

He was right.

For the Boilermakers, who lost to a 15-seed last season and a 13-seed two years ago, the suffering continues …

The Boilermakers’ postgame frustration was evident …

The Knights’ upset victory also seemed fiscally improbable before tip-off, considering the substantial differences in the schools’ athletic budgets for the programs …

And now, the Boilermakers are the first team to lose to a 13 seed or worse for three consecutive tournaments.

Fairleigh Dickinson’s win was so improbable, it made anyone associated with Purdue feel very, very queasy …

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