March 29, 2023

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March Madness delivers a series of upsets to break the men’s brackets

(CNN) The first round is only over, and March Madness has already created some major upsets.

To date, the number 1 seed Purdue UniversitySeed number 2 Arizona Wildcats And seed number 4 Virginia Cavaliers They were unceremoniously eliminated from the tournament, surrendering to the 16th-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson, the 15th-ranked Princeton Tigers and the 13th-ranked Furman Paladins, respectively.

Fairleigh Dickinson’s 63-58 win over Purdue marked the second time in NCAA Men’s Tournament history that a No. 16 seed had defeated a No. 1 seed, and its players then flooded the court in celebration.

“We’re confident in what we’re doing, and our guys are very tough and competitive,” FDU coach Tobin Anderson told the TNT broadcast.

“I love our guys. They’re strong. They’re great. They played tail. This is an incredible win. It’s unbelievable. We shocked the world.”

Only 2.36% of it completed Men’s bow challenge game The entries projected FDU to beat Purdue, which is the second-lowest percentage of each team in the field, according to the NCAA.

The NCAA noted that the shocking win also meant that the last hopes of anyone completing the virtually impossible task of predicting a perfect chip were completely dashed.

Any hopes of completing a perfect class were dashed Thursday after Princeton’s improbable 59-55 win over Arizona and the Paladins’ stunning 68-67 victory over Virginia.

Princeton defeated Arizona to advance to the second round.

Princeton’s victory alone left only 0.065% of men’s bows intact, out of millions of bows completed, according to NCAA March Madness Twitter.

“A year after breaking all brackets in Game 28, no one is left perfect after Game 25 of the tournament,” the NCAA said.

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For most of the first half, the score wavered on a knife’s edge before a quick start in the second half put Arizona in control.

But, trailing by 10 points with eight minutes left, the Tigers clawed their way back into the game and famously pulled off a win.

The Paladins also grabbed an unexpected victory after completing their comeback, overcoming a 12-point deficit at one stage, to knock out Virginia.

“You know, this game—interesting is probably the word I’d use,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said afterward, reflecting on his team’s defeat.

“You feel like, we get it, we get it, and then all of a sudden at any given moment, it changes at the end.”