The Murray State Racers hung on in overtime, but the Saint Peter’s Peacocks made NCAA Tournament history on Thursday night in Indianapolis, Indiana. And these two teams mean there will be at least one Cinderella in the Sweet 16 as they meet on Saturday night with the regional semifinals on the line.
All odds below are from DraftKings Sportsbook:
Game date: Saturday, March 19th
Game time: 7:45 p.m.
TV channel: CBS
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Odds: Murray State -8, Total 130
No. 15 Saint Peters 19-11 (14-6 MAAC)
First Round: Defeated No. 2 Kentucky 86-79
KenPom rating: 118 Overall, 259 Offense, 34 Defense
Leading scorer: Daryl Banks III (11.0 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: The Peacocks upsetting the Wildcats was the 10th time in tournament history a No. 15 seed has beaten a No. 2 seed.
Saint Peter’s the darling of this year’s tournament, knocking off No. 2 Kentucky to create chaos. 95.6 percent of ESPN brackets had Kentucky winning, so this is a huge upset. The Peacocks used their defense to hound Kentucky in this contest and will hope this performance can translate to another strong showing the round of 32.
No. 7 Murray State (31-2, 18-0 OVC)
First Round: Defeated No. 10 San Francisco 92-87 (OT)
KenPom rating: 29 Overall, 34 Offense, 40 Defense
Leading scorer: KJ Williams, 18.2 ppg
Key stat of tournament: The Racers shot 6/21 from three-point range, but were 25-43 on two-pointers.
It looked like OVC champs were going to be yet another victim of a double-digit seed on Thursday, but they hung on in overtime for the win despite giving up a 10-0 run to close regulation. Williams Trae Hannibal each had 18 points, with Hannibal’s coming in just 27 minutes off the bench.