Update: No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson ended up shocking the world with a 63-58 upset over No. 1 Purdue. The Knights closed as a 23-point underdog, making this the biggest outright upset in NCAA Tournament history.
Purdue was the nation’s top-ranked team for much of the season before falling to some Big Ten opponents toward the end of February, losing four of six down the stretch. They are led by big man Zach Edey, who contributes 21.9 points and 12.8 rebounds per night.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights picked up the Northeast Conference automatic bid despite losing the conference title, as Merrimack was ineligible after reclassifying from Division II. First-year head coach Tobin Anderson flipped the Knights from 4-22 to the NCAA Tournament in one season.
2023 NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson odds
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