Coach of Fairleigh Dickinson rival ineligible for NCAA Tournament on Knights’ success: ‘I’m happy for them’

Merrimack Faculty defeated Fairleigh Dickinson within the Northeast Convention Event and beneath regular circumstances it will’ve been the Warriors getting the possibility to upset Purdue within the NCAA Males’s Basketball Event.The Knights made the convention match ultimate and misplaced by two factors to the Warriors. However as a result of Merrimack moved from Division II to Division I, they’re ineligible to compete within the NCAA Event or the NIT till 2023-24. Fairleigh Dickinson, the No. 16 seed within the match, pulled off an unimaginable upset of No. 1 Purdue within the first spherical.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Fairleigh Dickinson ahead Sean Moore reacts after a basket towards Purdue through the NCAA Event Friday, March 17, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photograph/Paul Sancya)Merrimack coach Joe Gallo appeared on the “All Ball with Doug Gottlieb” podcast and stated there have been “no laborious emotions” about not stepping into the match as a result of they knew the NCAA rule as they moved up. He added that he was completely satisfied for the Knights for his or her upset victory.”I believe the reactions most individuals are in search of aren’t what they’re going to get out of me. I’m completely satisfied for them. I’m completely satisfied for the league. I believe folks actually variety s— on our league loads this 12 months. When each staff is taking part in 4-5 assure video games and your league begins out 0-40, your metrics are by no means going to catch as much as the leagues. Fairleigh Dickinson guard Grant Singleton celebrates after a basket towards Purdue through the males’s NCAA Event in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, March 17, 2023. (AP Photograph/Michael Conroy)UCLA STAVES OFF NORTHWESTERN’S COMEBACK TO EARN TRIP TO SWEET 16″They go and do what they did – not solely in that recreation, I imply they 20-pieced Texas Southern and it wasn’t even shut. I believe for them to try this offers our league just a little extra credibility.… However let’s have FDU preserve profitable and have Merrimack’s identify preserve getting put on the market due to it.”Gallo informed CBS Sports activities he was “completely satisfied” to see the Knights win. Head coach Joe Gallo of the Merrimack Warriors through the recreation towards the St. John’s Purple Storm at Carnesecca Enviornment on Nov. 7, 2022 within the Queens, New York. (Porter Binks/Getty Photographs)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFairleigh Dickinson grew to become the second No. 16 seed to do the unthinkable and upset a No. 1 seed. UMBC was the primary to perform the feat. The Retrievers beat Virginia in 2018. Ryan Gaydos is a senior editor for Fox Information Digital.