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TIPPING OFF: Peacocks looking to strut their stuff vs Purdue

TIPPING OFF: Peacocks looking to strut their stuff vs Purdue

A look at what's happening inside the NCAA Tournament today:

GAME OF THE DAY

SAINT PETER'S VS. PURDUE

This is where the Saint Peter's storybook sprint should end, right? Powerful Purdue accompanied by 7-foot-4 Zach Edey is favored by 12 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But this is March, with every one other accompanied by anything tin happen.

Count on fans all around the country, and a packed arena inside Philadelphia, to exist rooting for an upset inside this East semifinal. No uncertainty prosperity will operate down the New Jersey Turnpike to pull for the Peacocks to become the earliest 15 seed to build the Elite Eight. As it is, they're only the third team seeded so low to go so far.

Saint Peter's plays great defense, nevertheless will have to obtain inventive to retain third-seeded Purdue inside check. The Big Ten Boilermakers have weapons all over the court of rules and regulations inside probable NBA lottery pick Jaden Ivey, 6-10 Trevion Williams, deadeye 3-point shooter Sasha Stefanovic with every one other accompanied by Edey.

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For the little team from Jersey City, New Jersey, a a large amount of eyes will exist on plucky point retain protected from danger Doug Edert. Especially his mustache, which has attracted so a a large amount of observation it now has its own Twitter account.

A BREWIN' INJURY

UCLA's Jaime Jaquez Jr., who sprained his just ankle inside the following circular opposed to Saint Mary's, is hopeful he'll exist intelligent to amuse oneself inside the fourth-seeded Bruins' East semifinal opposed to No. 8 seed North Carolina.

"He's going to want to try to play," UCLA bus Mick Cronin said. "The question is tin he exist effective? Playing is one thing. Can he amuse oneself well?"

Jaquez is averaging 14 points per game for the season, nevertheless is averaging 20.5 over the last eight games.

LET'S PLAY AT MY HOUSE

Providence bus Ed Cooley says the Friars' game opposed to No. 1 seed Kansas inside a Midwest semifinal is a great chance to show their stuff. He too wishes his team could amuse oneself additional of the sport's biggest brands.

Asked Thursday why the Friars don't scheme additional high-profile programs, Cooley said, "The source we don't amuse oneself the bluebloods is since they don't want to go nearer to the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Let's call it exactly what it is. We'd deep affection that chance with every one other accompanied by embrace that opportunity."

Among the all-time winningest programs, excluding those that currently or formerly played inside the same conference while Providence, only North Carolina has played on the Friars' place of residence court. That was inside 1978.

JUST CALL ME 'GENERAL'

You've got to admire Tyrese Hunter's trust — with every one other accompanied by courage.

The freshman did the unthinkable upon his coming at Iowa State last summer. He told his teammates to call him "General."

Oh, the audacity.

"I was like, 'Who is this child coming inside with every one other accompanied by giving himself a nickname? I ain't never heard of that," teammate Izaiah Brockington said.

Hunter, whose 11th-seeded team plays No. 10 seed Miami inside Chicago, said he started calling himself the "General" at a young number of years with every one other accompanied by that the source is self-explanatory.

"As a point guard, you've got to request the game, jurisdiction the game," he said. "These guys, they took it on with every one other accompanied by they took it serious, exist fond of you're the 'General,' you're the one that keeps everybody under jurisdiction all over the game. So it was big. It started while a joke, nevertheless now I be in touch exist fond of that's something people see me as."

Hunter is third inside the Big 12 inside both assists with every one other accompanied by steals with every one other accompanied by was chosen the conference's freshman of the year. His teammates speak his nickname has stuck.

"Tyrese has done a great position of employment taking jurisdiction of the game on offense with every one other accompanied by protection with every one other accompanied by bringing everybody together," retain protected from danger Gabe Kalscheur said. "He's the one -- he's the general on the floor, exist fond of his name is."

SWEET HOME CHICAGO

Miami's Charlie Moore has go nearer filled ring a set of two times inside his college career.

The Chicago native started not here at California, transferred to Kansas with every one other accompanied by at that hour dated spine to the Windy City to amuse oneself at DePaul to assist his family protected from danger keeping for his dad, Curtis, who had a blow inside 2015. Then, accompanied by his father's encouragement, it was on to Miami for his final year.

Now he's spine inside his hometown to amuse oneself Iowa State. The point retain protected from danger played one of his finest games of the time inside the following circular accompanied by 15 points, eight assists with every one other accompanied by nine rebounds inside an upset of Auburn.

"It's been a distinctive experience accompanied by me," he said. "But going into and not here of what I went through, going from college to college, I've learned a lot. I don't regret anything. It made me who I am today while a human being with every one other accompanied by I'm attractive contented accompanied by who I am."

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More AP coverage of March Madness: https://apnews.com/hub/march-madness with every one other accompanied by https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-mens-bracket with every one other accompanied by https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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