This year’s March Madness has its Cinderella story: St. Peter’s, the pride of Jersey City and Hudson County.
St. Peter’s is a small, Jesuit school with 3,500 students and a sports budget of $7.5 million.
The Peacocks have made NCAA history as the first 15 seed to ever make the Elite Eight.
They knocked off number 3 seed Purdue in the biggest upset of the tournament so far.
Next up they face the ’82 and ’93 champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels, led by sophomore guard Caleb Love.
Before that, they made it to their first Sweet 16 in four tourney appearances after beating titans Kentucky and Murray State.
This was just the third time in tournament history that a 15 seed has made it to the Sweet 16.
Kentucky KO’ed for the first time in first round under $8 million coach John Calipari. St Peter's coach, Shaheen Holloway, is on $275,000.
Kentucky has 32,000 students and eight National Titles. Murray St. had won 21 straight games. St. Peter’s beat them both.
St. Peter’s stadium has a capacity of 3,200. It’s called Run Baby Run Arena for their 1968 team that averaged 94 points.
The Peacocks have already generated publicity estimated at $71 million.
Coach Holloway: “I have a locker room full of kids from New York and New Jersey. You think we’re scared of anything?”
The Peacocks don’t have stars but do have a hero with a famous mustache: Doug Edert.
A trip to the Final Four was unthinkable before, but remember that Cinderella ended up with Prince Charming.
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