March Madness roundup: Wildcats get wiped out by Peacocks, Gonzaga starts strong
Indianapolis, Indiana - March 17 was St. Peter’s Day in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, as the 15th-seeded Peacocks handed down a huge upset by beating the two-seed Kentucky Wildcats 85-79 in overtime!
The Peacocks certainly chose a pulse-pounding way to earn their school’s first-ever NCAA basketball tournament victory.
This was never going to a "normal" game. To start off with, neither team could score a point for the first two and a half minutes.
Things finally got going after that, and the score was tied 37-37 at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half, and even though Kentucky managed to lead by six with just over four minutes to play, the Peacocks wouldn’t go away.
Both teams traded buckets as regulation time ran out, sending the action into overtime.
In a game with 16 ties and 13 lead changes, there was no telling who would be left standing at the final buzzer.
In the end, it was the Peacocks' six crucial free-throws that sealed the shock against the much-favored Wildcats.
Saint Peter’s junior guard Darryl Banks, III (21) 9-for-19 shooting, including 5-for-8 from long-range to earn a team-high 27 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
The Peacocks will now face the Murray State Racers on Saturday.
Bouncing around the brackets
There were no surprises at the Moda Center as junior forward Drew Timme led the Gonzaga Bulldogs with 32 points in an easy 93-72 win over the Georgia State Panthers.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels moved on after beating the Indiana Hoosiers 82-53.
So, too, did the Creighton Bluejays, though they needed overtime to slip past the San Diego State Aztecs 72-69.
Also advancing to the next round are the Arkansas Razorbacks as they held off the Vermont Catamounts 75-71.
The UCLA Bruins won a close one, 57-53, over the Akron Zips.
The Murray State Racers ran it even closer in a 92-87 overtime win over the University of San Francisco Dons.
Finally, the Texas Southern Tigers fell to the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks 83-56.
Day two of first-round action in the men’s bracket tips off on Friday afternoon.
Cover photo: IMAGO/ZUMA Wire