Bettor wins $528,000 after betting $33k on 16-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson to beat top team Purdue… cashing in on one of the biggest upsets in March Madness history
March Madness has provided some March magic for Fairleigh Dickinson University, and one player has cashed in on it.
In response to a tweet from the betting writer Darren Rovelone user shared his friend’s $33,000 bet on the FDU Knights to defeat No. 1 seed Purdue.
Their gamble paid off, as Fairleigh Dickinson became the third 16-seeded team in NCAA Division I tournament history to beat a seed.
The total payout came to a whopping $528,000 at +1500 odds for the Teaneck, NJ school to win.
It’s one of the biggest upsets in American college sports history, and a huge payday for this player.
Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey pulled off a big surprise with Purdue
One punter won big: He collected a $528,000 prize from a bet of just $33,000 on Friday night.
The bet was placed through DraftKings Sportsbook, which confirmed the authenticity of the bet on Rovell.
It just adds to the legend that it may well be the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history.
While Fairleigh Dickinson isn’t the first 16 seed to lose a No. 1 seed, with the UMBC men’s team beating Virginia in 2018 and the Harvard women’s team beating Stanford in 1998, they may have had the more notable history. to get to this point.
After winning just four games last season and firing their coach, Fairleigh Dickinson’s Knights went 21-15 this year.
Under new head coach Tobin Anderson, FDU made it to the NCAA Tournament on a technicality after losing the Northeast Conference title game.
FDU’s opponents Merrimack College won the conference title. However, they were unable to receive the automatic offer from the conference because they are in the final year of a transition to NCAA Division 1. Therefore, Fairleigh Dickinson was granted the rights to play in the tournament.
After winning just four games last year, the Knights have won 21 under new coach Tobin Anderson.
Even after losing the Northeast Conference title, FDU made it to the Round of 32 of the tournament.
Unlike UMBC in 2018, Fairleigh Dickinson also needed to win a First Four play-in game to make it to the Big Dance, defeating Texas Southern for the right to play on Friday.
Fairleigh Dickinson entered the tournament as the smallest team by average height, but still managed to grab 33 rebounds, including 11 offensive boards.
Forward Sean Moore led the way with 19 points and five boards for the Knights.
FDU hopes to keep the magic alive when they play ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic University on Sunday afternoon.