March Madness 2023: There Are No More Perfect Men’s Braces After 16 Seed Fairleigh Dickinson Upsets Purdue By 1

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round - Purdue vs. Fairleigh Dickinson

We’re only two days into the NCAA Men’s Tournament, but after No. 16 seed FDU upset No. 1 seed Purdue on Friday night, there are no perfect brackets left on FDU’s win was only the second 16-1 upset in NCAA Men’s Tournament history.

And even before that big upset, participating in Friday’s NCAA Tournament action, only 0.002 percent of hooks on were perfect.

That percentage even dropped to 0.001% as No. 3 Xavier narrowly held on to No. 14 Kennesaw State, 72-67. But in reality, it’s not really shocking that zero perfect parentheses remain, given the amount of chaos Day 1 of March Madness ended up causing.

Thursday’s two biggest setbacks came in the southern region.

In just the second game to tip, No. 13 seed Furman was able to take down No. 4 seed Virginia in what was one of the most shocking endings in recent memory. In the closing seconds, Virginia’s Kihei Clark was trapped by the Furman defense and attempted to hoist the ball down the field in an attempt to run out the clock. However, Furman was able to intercept Clark’s pass and JP Pegues connected on a game-winning three with just 2.2 seconds remaining to give the Paladins the 68–67 victory.

Later on Thursday afternoon, brackets were broken further as No. 2 Arizona was toppled by No. 15 seed Princeton 59-55. It was a close battle throughout as the Tigers trailed by only one point at halftime despite facing the Pac 12 Tournament champions. Arizona raced to a 51-41 lead with eight minutes remaining, but Princeton didn’t throw in the towel. Instead, the Tigers ended the game with a 9-0 run and held the Wildcats scoreless through the final 4:44 of the game

Remember: they don’t call it March Madness for nothing.

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