Purdue, a #1 Seed, Loses to #16 Farleigh Dickinson In Historic Upset

Purdue is out of the tournament in the first round, going down 63-58 on Friday.

For just the second time in March Madness history, a #1 seed has lost to a #16 seed.

And not just any 16 seed, Farleigh Dickinson University.

Farleigh is known more for Google searches trying to find its location than its basketball program. It’s in Hackensack, New Jersey by the way.

The Knights came into the tournament just 20-15 overall and 10-6 in the Northeast conference.

Purdue, meanwhile, won the highly contested Big Ten, finishing 29-5 to secure the #1 seed.

All to go out in the first round.

Incredibly, Farleigh Dickinson head coach Tobin Anderson was recorded just a few days ago saying “the more I watch Purdue, the more I think we can beat them.”

And beat them they did.

Unbelievably, FDU won just four games last season. And they knocked off #1 seed Purdue this year. March Madness is the best.


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The Boilermakers have now had back to back embarrassing losses in the tournament, going out to a #15 seed in 2022 and a #16 in 2023.

The FDU win makes 16 seeds just 2-150 against #1 ranked teams. Incredible.

They now join UMBC as the only schools to accomplish the feat, even despite their massive financial disadvantage.

This is why you watch the games.

Anderson wasn't the only one to predict the historic upset by FDU either. In an appearance on OutKick's Don't @ Me with Dan Dakich earlier this week, ESPN college hoops analyst and former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg told the world to look out for an early Purdue exit.

March Madness, baby. It doesn't get any better.

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Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC