March Madness: NJ Kicks Purdue Home For 2nd Consecutive Year as FDU Takes the Win

The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights took down the Purdue Boilermakers 63-58 to become the second No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 seed in the men’s NCAA Tournament East Region first-round game on March 17 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  

Read more: Watch FDU Take On Purdue

Last year, NJ’s Saint Peter Peacocks become the first No. 15 seed in NCAA tournament history to make it to the Elite Eight after beating No. 3 seed Purdue 67–64.

“We shocked the world!” said FDU coach Tobin Anderson, who is in his first season with the Knights.

In a statement that went viral, Anderson had said a postgame speech following the Texas Southern win, that he believed his team could upset Purdue. 

“The more I watch Purdue, the more I think we can beat them,” he said. “Let’s go shock the world!”

The Knights go up against the winner of the Memphis Tigers vs. Florida Atlantic Owls, playing March 17 at 9:30 p.m.

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