Fairleigh Dickinson Hopes to Be the Next March Madness Fairy Tale

It was quiet at the Fairleigh Dickinson University campus in New Jersey the day after its basketball team pulled off a stunning upset in the men’s N.C.A.A. tournament. But it’s often quiet there.

TEANECK, N.J. — The jokes of “F.D.— who?” go back more than 30 years, to the last time Fairleigh Dickinson University played Purdue in the N.C.A.A. men’s tournament.

Purdue fans held up signs with the slogan when the two teams faced off in 1988.

Purdue won.

F.D.U. faded back into obscurity.

So, for alumni of the New Jersey commuter school who remember the old jab, F.D.U.’s shocking victory against No. 1 Purdue on Friday was especially sweet.

On Friday evening, Marc A.

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