Kentucky falls into OT ahead of Saint Peter’s, media reacts

A crazy start to March Madness continues in Indianapolis as 2nd seed Kentucky is shocked with 15th seed Saint Peter’s with shocking fashion.

The The upheaval came fast and furious in March Madness but the biggest shock of the day just happened in Indianapolis. Kentucky, the 2nd seed in the Eastern Region and the trendy pick to win the national championship, left the NCAA Tournament after dropped to 15th seed Saint Peter’s 85-79 in extra time.

The stifling defense made all the difference for the Peacocks, who allowed Oscar Tshiebwe to take 30 points but kept the rest of the Wildcats on a total of 49. The Kentucky guards were a disaster when TyTy Washington (2/10 from the floor), Kellan Grady (1/9) and Davion Mintz (3/7) combined 23 points.

Saint Peter’s is also extremely effective at the offensive end as Guardians Daryl Banks III and Doug Edert add up to 47 points on a 14/26 shot, including a seven-point triple combo. The win from the Peacocks was the first by an MAAC school since 2004 and has blasted rankings nationwide. It also marks the second year in a row that a 15th seed has beaten a 2 after Ohio State fell to Oral Roberts last year.

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The Peacocks have now claimed their first NCAA Tournament win and will face the winner of a 7-10 game between Murray State and San Francisco in Round 32 on Saturday. The Kentucky loss was a boon for the Racers, who are among the nation’s deadliest teams and now have a much more manageable path to the Sweet 16 if they can hold off the Dons.

The sky is also the limit for Saint Peter’s, who can now dream of following in Oral Roberts’ footsteps and becoming the second seed in a row to advance to Sweet 16.

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