Fairleigh Dickinson, Princeton, Furman and the Joy of March Upsets

“This is one of the few things in life where they told me how good it was and, somehow, it’s better.”

SACRAMENTO — At its best, March isn’t about madness so much as pure, unbridled joy.

It stirs with the highly anticipated first peek at the men’s and women’s N.C.A.A. tournament brackets, then crescendoes with the unexpected emergence of giant-killers — this year, Fairleigh Dickinson, Princeton and Furman slaying the men’s powerhouses Purdue, Arizona and Virginia. Once again, underdog-induced chaos wins the day.

For those who both play and love college basketball, March becomes one long blur of adrenaline, punctuated by exuberant nights and fitful sleeps.

When Fairleigh Dickinson knocked out Purdue on

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