The second No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament history paid off huge for those brave enough to be the money line on Fairleigh Dickinson to beat top-seeded Purdue on the first Friday of March Madness.
The Knights, representing a small school in New Jersey, paid +2000 on the money line at Caesars Sportsbook, official odds partner of Bet.NOLA.com, and paid off with a 63-58 upset of of the Boilermakers.
One Caesars bettor in Indiana took full advantage, turning a $500 bet into a $10,000 profit.
FDU was +23.5 and kept it close the whole way, leading by one at halftime and never trailing by more than six points. In the end, they took the lead on a Joe Munden Jr. three-point play with about eight minutes remaining and held it the rest of the way, with Sean Moore’s 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 1:04 mark giving the Knights a 5-point lead and busting brackets across the country.
The upset was just the second 16-over-1 victory in 152 tries in NCAA tournament history and was especially shocking given the teams’ height differential: Fairleigh Dickinson is the shortest team in the country, according to KenPom.com, at an average height of 6 feet, 1.4 inches, and Purdue is the 21st-tallest with an average height of 6 feet, 6.6 inches.