It was a very action-packed and very entertaining return to normal on Thursday at the NCAA Men’s Tournament, and the biggest noise came from a lesser-known Cinderella: St Peter’s Atlantic Metro Sports Conference.
St. Petersburg recorded the NCAA tournament history Thursday night at the expense of Kentucky.
The Peacocks entered the tournament as the No. 15 seed in the East and a major weakening to the mighty Wildcats, who had a third chance to win the national championship. But the Holloway Falcon team had no fear.
The Peacocks, who were weak at 18 points, suffered a major setback by defeating Kentucky No. 2, 85-79 in overtime.
In the first half, St. Peter’s was carried by Daryl Banks III, who scored 27 points. However, the peacocks relied on the sharp-sighted sniper Doug. He connected the game with a 3-point lead with a score of 1:26 at the base of the game and then sent the game into overtime with 24 seconds left in the game.
In overtime, Adrat sank another three-pointer in the game before Banks eliminated the free throws that gave the Peacocks the upper hand forever. Edrat finished the night with 20 points in 25 minutes off the bench.
There must be superpowers in it. How else do you describe Kentucky losing in the first round for the first time under John Calipari under Lexington?
With this win, St. Peters became the tenth No. 15 player to upset No. 2 in the first round. This is a rare occurrence. Between 1991 and 2011, only four defeats occurred 15-2. With the victory of St. Peter, there are now six of them that have happened in the last 10 seasons.
In 2012, two people were on the same day. Leah shocked Duke and defeated Norfolk, Missouri.
“Diving City” went on stage the following season. The Florida Gulf Coast invaded Georgetown and then became the first No. 15 player to ever climb the Sweet 16.
In 2016, it was mid-Tennessee that upset the state of Michigan and shocked the state of Ohio before the arrival of Ural Roberts in 2021. The ORU then defeated Florida and joined the Gulf Coast as the second No. 15 player to reach the Sweet 16.
Does St. Petersburg have what it takes to be third? Picoux will face Murray State in the round of 16 on Saturday. Raiders, the No. 7 player in the East, beat San Francisco 92-87 in an exciting show.
Iowa was shocked by Richmond
St. Peter’s great victory over Kentucky overshadowed the upset that occurred early in the day: Richmond’s 67-63 victory over Iowa.
Iowa, the No. 5 player in the Midwest, was one of the hottest teams in the country to enter the NCAA. The Hawkeyes climbed to the top after winning the Big Ten, but immediately showed one of their worst shooting performances of the season, losing to a team from Richmond that had no chance of making a big bid without winning the Atlantic 10.
And to the credit of the spiders, they did. And while Iowa was at a standstill, they were able to move that forward. Hawkeyes scored 6 of 29 points from a distance of 3 points. This is only 20.7%. Iowa was not much better off the field, scoring 24 out of 66 (36.4%).
Richmond did not turn off the lights, but in the second half he played the games that were needed to build and ultimately maintain the lead. Jacob Gilliard scored 24 points in the win, beating Keegan Murray (21 points) in the Iowa national team.
Iowa has won the NCAA six times in its 12 years under Fren McCaffrey and has never reached the quarter-finals.
Gonzaga survives in fear, Baylor and Kansas travel
Three of the four No. 1 seeds went into action on Thursday. While Baylor and Kansas won, Gonzaga sweated a little.
The Bulldogs, the racers, found themselves in a battle with Georgia No. 16, the champion of the solar belt. In fact, Gonzaga’s lead at the break under 12 was only 56-54. However, a few minutes later, the Bulldogs went to a higher gear.
GU started a 24-1 game to turn the upcoming game into a defeat we all expected. The final result was a 93-72 victory.
While the Bulldogs struggled with their outdoor shooting, the state of Georgia had no answer for Drew Time and Holmgren’s chat. Time was the top scorer with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Holmgren, a potential No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, scored 19 points, 17 rebounds, 7 blocks and 5 assists.
Providence stops the popularly disturbing choice of South Dakota
One of the most popular choices in the first round, South Dakota, was seed No. 13 in the Midwest, compared to Providence, seed No. 4.
Despite having no first team players in all conferences, Providence managed to win the regular season title of Big East. The Friars had a significant tendency to eliminate close games during the regular season, but many thought they would face a troublesome match in the first round.
Champions League winners South Dakota lost no games from December 15 until Thursday.
Jackrabbits, the country’s top 3-point shooting team, battled the rugged Freezers. Providence kept the SDSU at only 38.6% of the field and 7 of 23 (30.4%) across the arc in a hard-fought 66-57 victory. This was Providence’s first win in the NCAA since 2016.
Providence was not the only No. 4 player to find himself in battle on Thursday. In the West, Arkansas defeated Vermont 75-71 to advance to the quarterfinals. 53. He won despite shooting only 35.2% of the field.
UCLA reached the Final Four in 2021. In 2022, the Bruins are almost back in the first round.
Another first round output for UConn
Undoubtedly, the path of the UConn program under the leadership of Dan Hurley has improved. But for the second season in a row, leaving the NCAA in the first round is tough.
Last year, the Huskies lost to Maryland in the first round as No. 7. This year, UConn lost 70-63 to WAC Champion New Mexico in fifth place.
The Huskies fell 10 behind in the first half and drew twice in the final minutes. However, they had no answer for Teddy Allen, the star of New Mexico. Allen scored 37 points, including his team ‘s final 15, to give the Aggie their first NCAA victory since 1993.
All 4 West Mountain teams have already been eliminated
The first full day of the NCAA Tournament is over and all four West Ham teams have already been eliminated.
Wyoming lost to Indiana in the first round, followed by Colorado, Boise and San Diego on Thursday. All three West Mountain teams that played on Thursday also had higher rankings.
Colorado, No. 6 in the South, was seven points ahead of Michigan in the first half but lost 75-63. The state of San Diego, ranked 8th in the Midwest, also took a significant lead. The Aztecs beat Creighton 3:51, 62-53, and lost 72-69 in overtime. Boys State, No. 8 West, lost 64-53 to Memphis.
Mountain West is now 1-11 since the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Tennessee, St. Mary’s turn in impressive performances
Two of the best shows of the day were from Tennessee and St. Mary’s.
The history of UT coach Rick Barnes in the NCAA Tournament is not positive, but the Vols completely destroyed Longwood No. 14 88-56 in the South Zone. Tennessee shot 60 percent of the field, including 14 of 24 (58.3 percent) from the 3-point range.
St. Mary, meanwhile, had a similar offensive performance. The Gauls, No. 5 East, defeated Indiana 82-53. St. Mary’s shot 51.7 percent of the field and hit 10 three-pointers while limiting Indiana to 34 percent and only two 3-point baskets.