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Almost famous - 27 years ago, Phil Hopkins, coach of Western Carolina, fell short against a No. 1 Purdue

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Fairleigh Dickinson will live now in NCAA tournament perpetuity, intertwined in highlight reels and slow-motion montages that provide eternal March backdrops.

The Knights harassed and hounded No. 1 Purdue to become just the second No. 16 seed since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 to pull off a first-round upset.

No. 16 seeds are now 2-150 vs. No. 1 seeds after the 63-58 win. As history unfolded Friday night for Tobin Anderson's team, I couldn't help thinking of the coach of one of those forgotten 150.

His funeral is Saturday morning. I wished I could have texted former Western Carolina coach Phil Hopkins on Friday night, a coach who will be remembered for being almost famous.

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