The Season of Upsets: How Doug Edert and St. Peter’s University took the world by storm


Matt Rourke

Edert cutting down the nets after winning the MAAC Championship that sent St. Peter’s to the March Madness tournament.

Ethan K.

It was just a normal Thursday for Kentucky fans before absolute chaos struck. The two-seeded Wildcats were to face off against 15 seed St. Peter’s in a matchup that virtually no one had as being a close game. Unfortunately for Kentucky fans, a 6’2″ junior guard, with a notorious moustache, had something else in mind.

Up to this far, the St. Peter’s Peacocks were thrilled to even be in a close game with one of the best teams in college basketball. Down two points with just a minute and 26 seconds to go in the game, Doug Edert fired home a three pointer to give the Peacocks a lead. Kentucky answered, but Edert once again came up clutch, hitting a driving layup to level the game at 71 a piece. Kentucky’s TyTy Washington Jr. had the ball with the clock winding down in the half, but it was Edert who, once again, made a play, stuffing Washington and sending the game into overtime (

In overtime, the Wildcats got out to another lead, but an Edert three pointer equalized the game immediately. Lockdown defense and great ball movement allowed for St. Peter’s to obtain, and sustain, a lead before Edert grabbed the game-sealing rebound off of a missed Kentucky jump shot.

The story of Edert, an under-recruited prospect (, is a great one. The Peacocks’ offer to Edert was the only Division I offer that he received. He accepted the offer and stayed in his home state of New Jersey.

Just around three and a half years after his commitment, the unranked prospect in the 2018 recruiting class now received a sponsorship deal with Buffalo Wild Wings after leading his squad to the Sweet Sixteen.

Whether St. Peter’s find a way to upset Purdue tonight or not, Doug Edert’s play in the clutch throughout their cinderella-story run is one that will be remembered for a lifetime. His run goes to show that it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.