St. Peter’s University to Hold Pep Rally for Peacocks Tonight
The St. Peter’s Men’s Basketball team will receive a pep rally tonight before heading down the turnpike to Philadelphia where it will square off with Purdue in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
The Peacocks have been the talk of the state since their stunning upsets over second ranked Kentucky and seventh ranked Murray State in the first two rounds of the tournament. They are first New Jersey-based men’s basketball team to get to the Sweet 16 since Seton Hall did it back in 2000 when it beat No. 7 Oregon and No. 2 Temple, both in overtime, to get to the regional semifinal.
The last New Jersey-based men’s basketball team to advance to the Elite Eight was Seton Hall back in 1991. Rutgers women’s basketball is the most recent Jersey-based team to get to an Elite Eight, which it did in 2008 against UConn.
Just this week Governor Phil Murphy dropped by the Jersey City-based school to visit the Peacocks. Even legendary St. Anthony’s High School basketball coach Bob Hurley spent time with Coach Shaheen Holloway during practice.
This is New Jersey royalty. Jersey City’s own, the pride of St. Anthony, Bob Hurley is in the house to take in Saint Peter’s practice. pic.twitter.com/XJCLSiCnyf— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) March 22, 2022
Meanwhile Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has promised that the men will receive a police escort to Philadelphia.
.@PeacocksMBB landing in about 20 minutes back in NJ. Port Authority is escorting them out of the airport + turning the bus over to JCPD. We’ll escort into the school. We’ll also give them the proper JCPD escort down to Philly later in the week so NJ can salute them on the move— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) March 20, 2022