On a day that featured two No. 12 seeds winning, No. 15 Saint Peter’s busted brackets and grabbed headlines with a shocking 85-79 win over No. 2 Kentucky in Indianapolis. It's the program's first tournament win, as the Peacocks lost in the first round of their three previous appearances.
Daryl Banks III and Doug Edert combined for 47 points in the upset.
PEACOCKS. WIN. pic.twitter.com/Jf10r5zyb4— Saint Peter’s Athletics (@SPUAthletics) March 18, 2022
Here are five notable numbers to know from the Peacocks' huge win:
FIRST ROUND: Full scoreboard from the first day of men's tournament action
10: The Peacocks became only the 10th 15 seed to win in men's tournament history. It marks the second straight season that a 15-seed has pulled off a first-round upset following Oral Roberts' win over Ohio State in 2021.
Here are all the times it’s happened in men's tournament history.
|1991||Richmond def. Syracuse||73-69|
|1993||Santa Clara def. Arizona||64-61|
|1997||Coppin State def. South Carolina||78-65|
|2001||Hampton def. Iowa State||58-57|
|2012||Lehigh def. Duke||75-70|
|2012||Norfolk State def. Missouri||86-84|
|2013||Florida Gulf Coast def. Georgetown||78-68|
|2016||Middle Tennessee def. Michigan State||90-81|
|2021||Oral Roberts def. Ohio State||75-72|
|2022||Saint Peter's def. Kentucky||85-79|
HISTORY: More on the history of 2 seeds versus 15 seeds
6%: That's the percentage of Men's Bracket Challenge Game players who chose Kentucky to cut the nets down in New Orleans as national champions. Yikes.
Gooooooooooodbye Kentucky brackets 😬#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/t6T07AACaP— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 18, 2022
30%: About a third of brackets picked the Wildcats to reach the Final Four. They were the most popular pick to win the East Region, even over No. 1 Baylor.
3%: Only 3 percent of MBCG brackets chose Saint Peter's to beat Kentucky — so twice as many had the Wildcats winning the title than had the Peacocks winning one game. As far as celebrity brackets go, Nate Robinson was one of the few who went out on that limb.
👀👀👀@nate_robinson called the Saint Peter's UPSET! #MarchMadness https://t.co/VmyPp0Tja6— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 18, 2022
8: That's how many national championships Kentucky has in its illustrious history — twice as much as Saint Peter's has tournament appearances. It's also the first time the Wildcats have lost in the first round under coach John Calipari.
Clearly the Peacocks liked the odds not being in their favor.