UNC vs. Saint Peter' NCAA Sweatpantss score, highlights: Tar Heels send Cinderella home, set up Final Four game with Duke
As is so often the case, fantasy made way for reality in Sunday's Elite Eight meeting between 8-seed North Carolina and 15-seed Saint Peter's
Hours after 1-seed Kansas sent 10-seed Miami home from March Madness, the clock struck midnight for the Peacocks' Cinderella run in a 69-49 loss to the Tar Heels. The storylines don't end with the Peacocks going home, however. For those keeping track, UNC's victory sets up an NCAA Tournament first: a meeting with Duke in the Final Four.
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Hubert Davis's team earned that opportunity with a dominant performance, especially in the paint. The Tar Heels used their superior size advantage to outrebound the Peacocks 49-33, including a 22-rebound effort from Armando Bacot (who also had 20 points in the effort). Brady Manek (19 points, 4-of-6 3-point shooting) and Caleb Love (14 points) were similarly dominant for UNC.
Credit to Shaheen Holloway's team, though. Despite being unable to truly compete with the Tar Heels, it put together some notable individual performances. That includes a 10-point, seven-rebound, six-block effort from KC Ndefo. Fousseyni Drame put up 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss. And, despite the significant difference in score, the Peacocks did a great job of limiting UNC's field goal opportunities (twice holding the Tar Heels to minutes-long scoring droughts from the field).
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Second half: UNC 69, Saint Peter's 49
7:10 p.m.: Jaylen Murray with a 3 from the top of the key. That'll make the final score 69-49 after UNC plays out its last possession.
7:09 p.m.: Holloway's grabbing his players and talking it out in the huddle. This is the last time a lot of these guys will play competitively.
7:08 p.m.: Holloway is making changes to the lineup with 1:21 left in the game. Only a matter of time, now.
6:59 p.m.: Davis gets the steal and assist on a fast-break dunk by Love. The lead is now 61-38 and this game (as it has been for a while now) is over.
6:57 p.m.: And Davis finally breaks the scoring drought with a pull-up jumper to make it 59-36.
6:54 p.m.: Banks hits Carleton Knights Jerseys a 3 to bring the score to 55-36 — the Peacocks' deficit is now under 20! Also of note: Despite getting several free throw attempts, UNC now has a six-minute scoring drought
6:50 p.m.: Bacot briefly stays on the court clutching the back of his right leg after attempting a layup. He gets up and attempts his free throws with no issues before remaining in the game.
6:48 p.m.: Fousseyni Drame is called for a foul on Manek on a free throw attempt by UNC. Officials decline to elevate it to a flagrant, but that gives two more free throws to UNC.
6:44 p.m.: Tar Heels haven't made a field goal in four minutes and counting. Not an issue per se with a 20-point lead, but Saint Peter's defense is stepping up.
6:43 p.m.: UNC and Saint Peter's trade scoring possessions (two free throws from Leaky Black and a layup by Isiah Dasher, respectively) to bring the score to 53-33 at the 10-minute mark of the second half.
6:37 p.m.: And there's another block by Ndefo, his fifth of the game. Say what you want about the score, but he's showing out.
6:33 p.m.: Saint Peter's forces a shot-clock violation and then gets a corner-3 from Fousseyni Drame on the ensuing possession. T Emory Eagles clothes hat brings the score to 51-31. Peacocks have a long way to go but plays like that can only mean good things for them.
6:31 p.m.: OK, Ndefo:
6:30 p.m.: There's another Manek 3! He refuses to let Saint Peter's mount any momentum. The score is now 51-28.
6:29 p.m.: Fousseyni Drame scores three straight buckets for Saint Peter's to make the score 47-26.
6:27 p.m.: Manek hits his third 3 to give UNC a commanding 47-20 lead (as if it wasn't already).
6:22 p.m.: Bacot gets another bucket for his 12th point of the game. He also has an absurd 17 rebounds.
6:17 p.m.: CU Denver Lynx Jerseys Bacot gets an open look at a layup and is fouled by Rupert. The missed free throw makes it 40-19 UNC.
First half: UNC 38, Saint Peter's 19
6:01 p. Alabama vs. Auburn Rivalry Jerseys m.: Notable performances of the half include Bacot, who has eight points and 15 rebounds; Manek and Love have 10 and 12 points, respectively, and two 3-pointers apiece.
5:57 p.m.: Halftime stats:
|Field goal %||41.7%||22.6%|
|Free throw %||80%||100%|
5:55 p.m.: Love gets a bank shot to land and extend UNC's lead to 38-17. Rupert gets a put-back bucket on the other end before the buzzer sounds to make it 38-19 heading into halftime.
5:52 p.m.: Oof. This dunk by Bacot is indicative of how this game has gone thus far:
5:50 p.m.: Banks gets the mid-range jumper to break a 4-minute scoring drought for Saint Peter's and make the score 34-15.
5:46 p.m.: RJ Davis gets an and-1 lay up followed by layups by Love (below) and Bacot. It's 34-13 with just over 3 minutes in the half. The rest of this game looks like a mere formality.
5:43 p.m.: And there's another Love 3 to make the score 27-9. The Peacocks are going to have to start scoring touchdowns to get back in this.
5:39 p.m.: Saint Peter's shot didn't even get to the rim on the last possession.
5:37 p.m.: Ndefo finally breaks the scoring drought with a tough layup inside the paint … only for Love to hit a 3 on the other end to make the score 24-9. The Tar Heels are on a 12-2 run.
5:33 p.m.: It feels as if Saint Peter's shots are all hitting the rim and bouncing off. The team is 3 for 17 from the field, has missed its last six shots and is approaching five minutes without a score.
5:32 p.m.: A nice moment for Lee and his father in the Elite Eight:
5:31 p.m.: Manek makes a catch-and-shoot 3 on the inbounds pass to make it 15-7 UNC. He's deadly from long range.
5:27 p.m.: Banks misses a layup on a decent look off the fast break. That's the second basket he should have made but didn't.
5:26 p.m.: Nice defensive effort by Saint Peter's to get the ball off the possession arrow.
5:25 p.m.: Now KC Ndefo gets a tough bucket for Saint Peter's to make the score 12-7.
5:25 p.m.: Brady Manek gets a 3 from the top of the key to extend UNC's lead to 12-5.
5:24 p.m.: Hassan Drame gets the layup from underneath the basket to make the score 9-5. He has scored all their points.
5:20 p.m.: Hassan Drame finally gets Saint Peter's on the board with a corner 3 to bring the score to 9-3 in favor of UNC. That's the first shot in seven attempts (and five 3-point attempts).
5:13 p.m.: This 7-0 deficit is the largest Saint Peter's has faced the entire tournament.
5 Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Gear :12 p.m.: Saint Peter's having some issues with the UNC defense, attempting three 3-pointers that have all missed their mark. The Peacocks also have a turnover and a near backcourt violation. UNC leads 7-0 early, forcing a Shaheen Holloway timeout.
5:10 p.m.: UNC wins the tip-off and will send Bacot to the line after a Rupert foul. Here we go.
5:09 p.m.: Matthew Lee, Daryl Banks III, KC Ndefo, Hassan Drame and Clarence Rupert are Saint Peter's starting five.
4:57 p.m.: North Carolina's starting five vs. the Peacocks:
UNC vs. Saint Peter's start time
- Date: Sunday, March 27
- Time: 5:05 p.m. ET (approx.) | 2:05 p.m. PT (approx.)
The UNC-Saint Peter's game will tip off at approximately 5:05 p.m. ET from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The time could change depending on whether the first game of the day (1-seed Kansas vs. 10-seed Miami) runs over.
What channel is UNC vs. Saint Peter's on?
- TV channel: CBS
- Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV
UNC vs. Saint Peter's will be the second broadcast of the day and the final CBS broadcast of March Madness. Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel will call the game from courtside while Jamie Erdahl will report from the floor. Streaming options include fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
UNC vs. Saint Peter's series history
Sunday's Elite Eight game will be the first meeting between the teams.