Saint Peter’s rounds out huge upset of March Madness, Kentucky’s stunning No. 2 seed

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The No. 2-seeded Kentucky Wildcats were stunned by No. 15 seeded Saint Peter’s 85-79 in overtime at Indianapolis.

Daryl Banks III scored 27 points as the small New Jersey school stunned one of the most established college basketball teams in the United States, earning its first victory in a men’s NCAA tournament in program history. .

Kentucky holds NCAA records for most men’s tournament appearances, most games played, and most wins.

But faced with the Goliath-like challenge, Saint Peter’s didn’t cave under the pressure, winning the stunning upset and breaking brackets across the world.

“It’s huge. Putting Jersey City on the map, in New Jersey, we come from a small state,” Banks said afterwards. “Probably a lot of people don’t even know who we are. It’s huge for our school and everyone back home.”

Oscar Tshiebwe had 30 points and 16 rebounds for Kentucky, but Banks’ free throws with 1:45 left in overtime gave the Peacocks the lead and they didn’t give it up as time ticked away.

To underscore the experience gap between the two teams, Saint Peter’s has played half as many NCAA tournaments (four) as Kentucky has national titles (eight).

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The Peacocks, from a university of just 2,637 students, now qualify for the knockout stages.

Saint Peter’s will now face No. 7 Murray State, who advanced by beating No. 10 San Francisco 92-87 in overtime. It’s the Racers’ 21st straight win – the longest active streak in the Men’s Division I.

“No disrespect to anyone, but we didn’t come here just to lose. We came here to fight and we did it,” Saint Peter head coach Shaheen Holloway said after the match.

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