All Expansion – Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s Saints defeated the 6th-seeded Kentucky Wildcats 85-79 in overtime. This loss will undoubtedly go down as one of the most surprising in Kentucky basketball history.
- It’s the first time UK has lost its opening NCAA Tournament game since 2008, when the Cats fell to sixth-seeded Marquette in Billy Gillispie’s first season as head coach.
- And it was only the sixth time in the previous 50 years that Kentucky had lost its tournament opener.
- It was just the sixth occasion since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 when a 15 seed upset a 2 seed.
The 15 seeded entered this year’s March Madness with an all-time record of 9-135 and a 6.25 winning percentage. The past 15 seeds to pull off an upset in the NCAA Tournament are as follows: in 1991, Richmond defeated Syracuse 73-69. ▪ Santa Clara beat Arizona 64-61 in 1993.
In 1997, Coppin State beat South Carolina 78-65. In 2001, Hampton beat Iowa State 58-57. In 2012, Lehigh beat Duke 75-70. In 2012, Norfolk State beat Missouri 86-84. In 2013, Florida Gulf Coast beat Georgetown, 78-68.2016 saw Middle Tennessee upset Michigan State 90-81. In 2021, Oral Roberts beat Ohio State 75-72.
Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Oral Roberts in 2012 are the only two 15 seeds to go through the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Saturday, Saint Peter’s will face the winner of Murray State and San Francisco. Now that Kentucky’s season has over, preparations will begin for the 2022-23 campaign.
- This article was first published on March 17, 2022 at 10:26 PM.
- Ben Roberts covers the men’s basketball team at the University of Kentucky for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
- He formerly specialized in recruiting coverage for UK basketball and founded and managed the Next Cats blog.
- He is a native of Franklin County and joined the Herald-Leader in 2006.
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How far has a 15 seed ever advanced?
By defeating Ohio State, Oral Roberts becomes the ninth 15-seed in March Madness history to upset a 2-seed. INDIANE, WEST LAFAYETTE – MARCH 19: Francis Lacis #22 and Kareem Thompson #2 of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles react in overtime against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 19, 2021 in West Lafayette, Indiana.
(Photo by Gregory Shamus courtesy of Getty Images) The 15-seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles defeated the 2-seed Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 75-72 to make March Madness history. The 15-seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles defeated the 2-seed Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 75-72, making history in the process.30 points from Kevin Obanor and 29 points from guaranteed that the Golden Eagles would become the sixth team in the history of the NCAA tournament to enter as a 15th seed and defeat a two seed.
In 2016, Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders defeated Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans 90-81 to become the most recent club to accomplish this accomplishment. In 2013, Florida Gulf Coast reached the Sweet 16 before losing to Florida, who, ironically, would face Oral Roberts in the following round.
How far did 15 seeds travel?
March Madness history of 15 seed vs 2 seed matchups – Ten 15 seeds have defeated two seeds in the history of the NCAA tournament. Prior to 2022, 15 seeded had a record of 9-135 versus 2s, a 6.25 victory percentage. Here are every instance in which it has ever occurred.
|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|
A few other details: A quarter of the contests have been decided by single-digit margins, about double the percentage of No.16 seeds. Louisiana Monroe and Belmont have the most No.15 seed appearances since the tournament’s expansion, as both teams have four appearances in that position.