March 29, 2023

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2023 March Madness: No perfect men’s brackets after 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson upsets Purdue


There are only two days left until the NCAA Men’s Tournament, but after No. 16 seed FDU’s upset of No. 1 seed Purdue Friday night, there aren’t any perfect brackets left to play. FDU’s win was the second 16-1 win in NCAA Men’s Tournament history.

And even before this major upset, going into the NCAA Tournament on Friday, only 0.002 percent of the brackets on were perfect.

That percentage actually dropped to 0.001% when No. 3 seed Xavier held on to a narrow lead by defeating No. 14 Kennesaw State, 72-67. But actually, it’s not entirely shocking that no brackets remain perfect, given how much of a mess the first March Madness has created.

The two biggest upsets on Thursday came in the southern region.

In just the second game, No. 13-ranked Furman was able to defeat No. 4-ranked Virginia in one of the most shocking finishes in recent memory. In the dying seconds, Furman’s defense trapped Virginia Kehey Clark and tried to push the ball downfield in an attempt to run out the clock. However, Foreman was able to intercept Clark’s pass and J.B. Peggis connected on three game-winners with just 2.2 seconds left to give the Paladins a 68-67 upset victory.

Later on Thursday afternoon, the brackets were broken even further when No. 2 Arizona was turned upside down by No. 15 seed Princeton 59-55. It was a tight contest throughout, with the Tigers trailing by just one point at halftime despite facing the Pac 12 Championship champions. Arizona pulled out to a 51-41 lead with eight minutes left in the game, but Princeton didn’t throw in the towel. Instead, the Tigers finished the game 9-0 and held the Wildcats scoreless through the final 4:44 of the contest.

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Remember: they call it March Madness for a reason.