NCAA Tourney roundup: Saint Peter’s shocks No. 2 Kentucky; big day for 12 seeds; what’s on tap today | College Sports

Here’s a complete recap of Thursday’s first-round NCAA Tournament action with a lookahead to today’s games. Plus, the updated bracket and top pics from the tourney’s opening day.


NCAA Saint Peters Kentucky Basketball

Saint Peter’s guard Doug Edert (25) celebrates at the end of a college basketball game against Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Indianapolis. Saint Peter’s won 85-79 in overtime. 

Saint Peter’s shocks No. 2 seed Kentucky 85-79 in OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Saint Peter’s acted like it had been there before.

After the 15th-seeded Peacocks bounced storied Kentucky from the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, they calmly exchanged handshakes with the Wildcats before heading over to the opposite sideline to celebrate with a small contingent of true believers.

The tiny Jesuit school from Jersey City, New Jersey, got 27 points from Daryl Banks III as it took down basketball royalty, beating second-seeded Kentucky 85-79 in overtime and sending countless brackets into the digital wastebasket.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Banks said. “You grow up you watching March Madness, the tournament, so to let that sink in — knowing the game was over — it felt really good.”

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The Peacocks became the 10th No. 15 seed to win a first-round game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 and handed Kentucky its first opening-round loss under coach John Calipari. Full story here:

Saint Peter's shocks No. 2 seed Kentucky 85-79 in OT

Click here for recaps from all 16 of Thursday’s first-round games:

NCAA Day 1 capsules: No. 2 Kentucky falls; No. 12 Richmond ousts Iowa

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Saint Peter’s 85, Kentucky 79 OT

Murray State 92, San Francisco 87 OT

Baylor 85, Norfolk State 49

North Carolina 95, Marquette 63

Saint Mary’s 82, Indiana 53


Michigan 75, Colorado State 63

Tennessee 88, Longwood 56


Creighton 72, San Diego State 69 OT

Kansas 83, Texas Southern 56

Providence 66, South Dakota State 57


New Mexico State 70, UConn 63

Gonzaga 93, Georgia State 72

Memphis 64, Boise State 53



NCAA Loyola Chicago Basketball

Loyola Chicago’s Tate Hall drives to the hoop during practice for the first round of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh. They take on Ohio State Friday.


After a couple of first-day shockers, Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament’s first round features a dangerous double-digit seed with Loyola-Chicago matched against an Ohio State team that surely hasn’t forgotten its overtime loss to a No. 15 Oral Roberts in last year’s tournament opener.

The seventh-seeded Buckeyes are not trending in a good direction, coming in with losses in four of their last five. A couple of those were stinkers, too — one at home against Nebraska and one to Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

No. 10 seed Loyola is a program that knows how to win this time of year, and it never hurts to have Sister Jean on your side. Yes, the 102-year-old superfan and team chaplain traveled to Pittsburgh with the Ramblers. Click here for more things to watch today:

What to watch today: Always-dangerous Ramblers set sights on Ohio St