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Another Cinderella Story? Saint Peter’s Returns to the March Madness 2024 Tournament

by Samantha Impaglia
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In 2022, Saint Peter’s University men’s basketball team stunned March Madness viewers when the Jersey City college won against the second seed, Kentucky University Wildcats. After also winning the second round, the team then went on to win the Sweet 16 matchup against Murray State University. This year, Saint Peter’s will return to the basketball tournament on Thursday, March 21st against the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Hudson County residents are looking forward to seeing a local team back in the mix on Thursday after the team did not advance to the tournament in 2023. Read on to learn more about the upcoming SPU game, where to watch it locally, and the college’s journey to March Madness.

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A Cinderella March Madness Run

After winning the 2022 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship, Saint Peter’s in Jersey City earned a spot in the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. On March 17th, 2022, Number 15 seed Saint Peter’s University faced off against Number 2 seed Kentucky University in the first round. The Peacocks won 85-79 in overtime, upsetting the eight-time champion Wildcats and stunning the college basketball world.

 

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But that was not the end of the university’s 2022 Cinderella March Madness run — in the second round, Saint Peter’s beat out the Murray State University Racers 70-60, knocking out another top 10 seed. The Sweet 16 round also proved to be successful for the Peacocks when the college beat out the Number 3 seed Purdue University Boilermakers, winning 67-64.

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Saint Peter’s fell to the Number 8 seed University of North Carolina Tarheels in the Elite Eight round 49-69, but made history in the 2022 tournament by becoming the only 15th seed to make it to the Elite Eight. This was also the first time since 2000 that a team from New Jersey made it to the second weekend of March Madness. Saint Peter’s head coach, Shaheen Holloway, was a player for Seton Hall more than two decades ago, the last time a team from the Garden State advanced this far.

After a year hiatus, the Peacocks are back in March Madness for 2024, and are set to face the University of Tennessee  Volunteers.

 

 

This Year’s Tournament + Where to Watch

Saint Peter’s also won this year’s MAAC Championship over Fairfield University, earning the Number 15 seed yet again in the 2024 men’s basketball tournament. The Peacocks will play the Number 2 seed University of Tennessee  Volunteers on Thursday, March 21st in the round of 64. The game will start at 9:20PM at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will be broadcast on TNT.

Various bars around Hoboken and Jersey City will have  March Madness specials or show the games, and we’ve rounded them all up here. Certain bars will be repping their Jersey City pride with specific specials for the Saint Peter’s game. Departed Soles at 150 Bay Street will have Busted Bracket beer pints for $5 and $13 for four packs while supplies last. McGinley Square Pub at 755 Montgomery Street will be serving Peacock Juice and Dirty Bird bucket specials. 902 Brewing Co. at 101 Pacific Avenue is serving its Hurley Hoops + Hops beer, a basketball-themed amber lager brewed in collaboration with Jersey City’s Coach Hurley.

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We’re rooting for you, Peacocks! To keep up with the team’s progress in March Madness this year, follow @thehobokengirl on Instagram and TikTok, and sign up for our weekly newsletter here.

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