By: Renee Kallina
Many NCAA Basketball fans have never heard of the Division I college Saint Peter’s. Breaking a lot of brackets, the Peacocks are the first No. 15 seed team in the NCAA to make it all the way to the Elite Eight. This past month, Saint Peters played in the big leagues against some competitive opponents, beating Kentucky, Murray State, and Purdue.
They fought the good fight against the UNC Tarheels in the Elite Eight, which was the game that ended their inspiring run.
Saint Peters worked hard to earn their spot in the Elite Eight. A college located in Jersey City, New Jersey, that had limited resources to fund the team in general. The Peacocks found a way to make it work.
Guard, Doug Edert, has been overwhelmed with attention these past few weeks. From his mustache to his three’s, the man seems to have it all. He is now sponsored by the infamous Buffalo Wild Wings and even has some merchandise for sale on the Barstool Sports website.
“We got off to a rough start, but we stayed together and kept working hard in practice,” said Edert. “We overcame a ton of adversity as a team, and that was a main factor to my belief in being a part of a very special team. I knew if we stayed together and worked extremely hard, the sky was the limit for what we can accomplish.”
Edert also credits his team, whose defense ran them straight to the Elite Eight.
“We take a lot of pride in our defense which helps us win games. It all begins with our preparation in practice which we do a fantastic job of. Giving 100% effort on the court also allows us to be successful,” said Edert. “We all had the mindset of doing whatever it takes to get the win each night. Offense wins games while defense wins championships.”
Mike Kaplin, communications major at The University of Tampa, was one of the many impressed with Edert.
“Seeing how cool Doug is and him becoming pretty popular and their coach Shaheen Holloway being motivational, they were easy to root for, especially for how far they got in the end,” said Kaplin.
With how far Saint Peter’s came and how hard they worked, it’ll be something these men never forget.
“It feels truly amazing to come as far as we did,” said Edert. “I am so happy that we put Saint Peter’s on the map along with making people proud of us. We couldn’t have done it without the tremendous support from our school, New Jersey, and places all over the country.”
We see the same few teams make it to the final four every year. The run that the Saint Peter’s Peacocks had shows that there are no limits when it comes to the NCAA and the possibilities of a new reigning champion within the years to come.