The Purdue Boilermakers have made history and not in a way that any of their fans would like. On Friday night, head coach Matt Painter‘s top-seeded team lost to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson in the first round of the tournament. They now join Virginia as the only No. 1 seed to lose to a 16.
What a week it has been for Purdue. Just last weekend they wrapped up a Big 10 tournament title by defeating Penn State 67-65. Now Penn State is moving on after defeating Texas A&M and Purdue is headed home.
As Bryan Fisher pointed out on Twitter, this follows a disturbing trend for Purdue in March.
Double-digit seed losses by Purdue under Matt Painter:
16 seed (2023)
15 seed (2022)
13 seed (2021)
12 seed (2016)
11 seed (2011)
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) March 18, 2023
Overall, the Big10 does not have a great track record in the NCAA tournament. Many believe it is due to “beating each other up all regular season.” It’s hard to know why this happens but one thing is clear, Purdue now joins Virginia in the record books. Coach Painter also joins head coach Tony Bennett with early exits against lower seeds.
There is a reason why they call it March Madness.
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