Few things unite New Jersey more than mentioning Wawa, going down the shore or the phrase "20 regular, cash."
On Friday, the team made its first Sweet 16 appearance in Philadelphia, just 90 miles from its home arena, and faced 3-seed Purdue in the East Region semifinal.
The Peacocks came out on top and made history as the first 15-seed to make the Elite Eight.
Last weekend, Saint Peter's followed up its opening 85-79 overtime win over Kentucky with a 70-60 victory against Murray State in which the Peacocks never trailed to become the third 15-seed to reach the Sweet 16.
These days, the Peacocks are living a charmed life as a Cinderella team and enjoying being the underdog darling of the tournament. Here's a look at their week:
The Peacocks' St. Patrick's day upset win over Kentucky was the start of this Cinderella story. It also spurred a new holiday that might be celebrated in the state for years to come.
The Peacocks also received congratulations from a fellow underdog.
Getting verified on Twitter is just one of the perks that come with defeating the No. 2 seed. Less than 24 hours after the big win, the Peacocks were blue-check official. They also reposted an introduction thread of the team that includes a "phenomenal" mustache, a set of twins, an aspiring actor and much more.
Head coach Shaheen Holloway and guard Doug Edert have seen their social status grow, as well. According to Twitter, Holloway's has averaged 601 new followers a day since the win over Kentucky. Edert, who got an NIL deal with Buffalo Wild Wings, has added 82 followers a day.
You know the saying about birds of a feather? In this instance, the Saint Peter's spirit squad and Peacock, the NBCUniversal streaming service, flocked together.
What?! Birds of a feather MUST flock together. Pack your bags Spirit Squad. We're getting you to the game. Can you be ready in...a few hours?! 🏃♀️💨 We're making this happen. #PeacockProud https://t.co/dIuK357DmE— Peacock (@peacockTV) March 19, 2022
The state of Kentucky had a tough time competing with New Jersey as far as basketball is concerned. The second-seeded Wildcats and No. 7 seed Racers both hailed from the Bluegrass State and fell to Saint Peter's.
The Peacocks' second upset of the week was met with praise from several local teams and another feathered friend.
Raised In Jersey. Hated In Kentucky. https://t.co/EhyuReniQT— Princeton WBB (@PrincetonWBB) March 19, 2022
R E P R E S E N T 👏 https://t.co/9b5qAnWJQ7— New York Giants (@Giants) March 20, 2022
this is a win for birds everywhere!— Aflac (@aflac) March 19, 2022
When asked about how his team matches up against bigger teams, Holloway, who is from Queens, New York, and played at Seton Hall, had a very fitting response that has made its way onto local billboards.
"I've got guys from New Jersey and New York City. You think we're scared of anything?"
In my Saint Peter's column from yesterday, I wrote that someone should slap Shaheen Holloway's quote about "guys from New Jersey and New York City" on a billboard. Well, today ... https://t.co/nsQhZxxyYn pic.twitter.com/tgEfEk7t7R— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) March 21, 2022
The Peacocks play their home games at Run Baby Run Arena, and the party upon returning to Jersey City appeared to be just as lively as the facility's name.
After the party, the team hosted a special visitor in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, and Coach Holloway appeared on Good Morning America.
"Listen, we're just out here enjoying the moment. A lot of teams just under a lot of pressure. Not us, we're just hooping." - St. Peter's coach Shaheen Holloway on @PeacocksMBB making #Sweet16. 🏀#StrutUp #MarchMadnesshttps://t.co/kWY5S6eOU4 pic.twitter.com/uIP5P9XBqJ— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 21, 2022
Saint Peter's hosted two parties in as many days as its Sweet 16 send-off drew plenty of supporters. Those who weren't able to attend the in-person celebrations could at least view the celebratory sign on the New Jersey Turnpike.
WHAT EXIT ✊ https://t.co/G371RIv8Pm— Saint Peter's Men's Basketball (@PeacocksMBB) March 24, 2022
Apparently former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has always been a big Peacocks guy. We aren't questioning the timing, and neither are the New Jersey Devils.
JERZ. https://t.co/26npjk4kjX— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) March 24, 2022
Cinderella couldn't be stopped in the City of Brotherly Love. Saint Peter's knocked off Purdue 67-64 and became the first school from New Jersey to reach the Elite Eight since Seton Hall in 1991.
Is there any other way to celebrate National Peacock Day?
Next stop: The Elite Eight! What a way to celebrate National Peacock Day. Congrats to the @Peacocksmbb on advancing to the next round! We cannot wait to cheer you to victory! #StrutUp 🦚🏀 pic.twitter.com/UbB7xqKqif— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) March 26, 2022
Saint Peter's has Jersey City lit -- literally and metaphorically. The City Hall building was adorned in "Peacock Blue" ahead of Sunday's Elite Eight showdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
All good things must come to an end; apparently that includes Saint Peter's fairy-tale March Madness after a 69-49 loss to UNC. The Peacocks -- the first 15-seed to reach the Elite Eight -- finished their season at 22-12. A heck of a run, indeed.