Introducing Cinderella: Meet the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Conference: NEC

Coach: Greg Herenda

Record: 18-14, 11-7

Ratings and Rankings:

Kenpom: 272
RPI: 223
AP/USA Today: Not ranked

Seeding: FDU is almost guaranteed to be a No. 16 seed in the tournament. There a decent chance that they’ll end up in the play-in game.

Names you need to know: Darion Anderson is the big name for FDU, and he played like it on Tuesday night, scoring 28 points in the bid-clinching win. Anderson averaged 15.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Earl Potts Jr. has also been good this season.

Stats you need to know: FDU is awful defensively. Terrible. They are, quite literally, one of the 15 worst defensive teams in college basketball, according to KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric.

Big wins, bad losses: The Knights didn’t beat a single team ranked in the top 150 of the RPI. Their best win on the season? Towson.

How’d they get here?: FDU advanced to the NCAA tournament on Tuesday night with an 87-79 win at top-seeded Wagner. That came after the Knights finished tied for second in the NEC regular season.

Outlook: FDU has a chance to win a game in the NCAA tournament this season … because there is a good chance that they could end up playing in the play-in game. I can’t see FDU being the team that picks off a No. 1 seed.

How do I know you?: This is the fifth time since 1985 that the Knights have reached the NCAA tournament, but just the second time they’ve gone dancing since 1998.