Saint Peter’s makes history as top 15 seed in Elite 8

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WFRV) – March 25 has many days attached to it. International Waffle Day, Pecan Day and National Peacock Day.

Saint Peter’s just made NCAA Tournament history by advancing to the Elite 8. They are the first 15-seeded team to do so and they did it in spectacular fashion against Purdue.

What the Peacocks have already done in the tournament was considered a Cinderella story. Only three 15-seeded have qualified for the Sweet Sixteen in NCAA tournament history – Florida Gulf Coast, Oral Roberts and now Saint Peter’s.

Loyola-Chicago players celebrate an NCAA College Basketball Tournament regional final game against Kansas State, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Atlanta. Loyola-Chicago won 78-62. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Typically, Cinderella teams are just a pretty first week in the tournament’s history. After all, the lowest seed to ever win the big dance was an 8 seed in 1985 when Rollie Massimino and Villanova beat NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing and seed Georgetown Hoyas. serial number one.

No one expects double digit seeds to succeed. But expect the unexpected. There’s a reason it’s called March Madness. Sister Jean and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers made an emphatic run to the Final Four as the 12th seed in 2018. Stephen Curry and Davidson charged the Elite 8 as the 10th seed in 2008. The current Marquette head coach Shaka Smart and the VCU The Rams made the Final Four after being an 11th seed.

Saint Peter’s had to go through the Kentucky Wildcats, where 40 minutes was not enough to determine a winner. It took an overtime victory for the Peacocks to eliminate thousands of supports.

After pulling off the upset by giving them a less than 5% chance of winning, they had to face Murray State, one of the best Mid-Major teams in the country this year. Saint Peter’s had better odds in this game, with only a 20% chance of winning.

Now, against Purdue, which has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for some time this season, the Peacocks have had less than a 9% chance of winning. But Cinderella lives on, and on National Peacock Day, St. Peter keeps dancing.

There’s only one word that describes the craziness, energy and sheer pandemonium we witness every March.

Madness.

Saint Peter’s will face eighth-seeded North Carolina on Sunday for a trip to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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