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Saint Peter’s Advances to First Sweet 16 in School & MAAC History

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The Peacocks have done it.

Saint Peter’s became the third No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet Sixteen after defeating Murray State 70-60 on Saturday.

They follow Florida Gulf Coast (2013) and Oral Roberts (2021) into the history books. A 16 seed has never advanced past the Round of 32.

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It will be the first Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history.

The Peacocks are also the first team from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to advance to the Sweet 16.

Historically, 15 seeds have a 13-147 record in the NCAA Tournament.

St. Peter’s was a 17.5-point underdog against Kentucky in the first round and +1100 on the moneyline. They were 8.5-point underdogs and +325 on the moneyline against Murray State.

A $100 bet on St. Peter’s moneyline would have cashed $1100 after the Kentucky game. If you rolled that over and made a theoretical parlay on the Murray State moneyline (+325), that would have paid $5,340.

The Peacocks finished in second in the MAAC regular season before going on and winning the conference tournament. They had a 16-11 record in the regular season.

Saint Peter’s began the tournament with +100000 odds to win it all on DraftKings. They fell down to +50000 to win the National Championship after defeating Kentucky and they were +20000 before the Murray State game.

They did not have odds to win the title during the season.

At Circa Sports, they had +20000 odds to win the East Region before the tournament started. The Peacocks are now two games away.

They will now face the winner of Texas vs. Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen next week.

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