The Saint Peter’s Peacocks have gone the farthest of any 15-seed team in the NCAA Tournament. The underdog has been embraced by many as they went through Kentucky, Murray State, and Purdue to get to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Elite Eight.
Alas, the Cinderella dream has come to an end as North Carolina dominated for a 69-49 win and advance to the Final Four where they will play their hated rivals, the Duke Blue Devils. Remarkably, this will be the first time Duke and North Carolina will play against each other in the NCAA Tournament.
While it’s understandable for Saint Peter’s to be disappointed that their run has come to an end, they shouldn’t feel bad for themselves because they went on a magical run.
Many on social media paid respect for the Peacocks’ run. A run that we won’t soon forget.
if carolina is taking away saint peter’s from us, they have to take duke with them
— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) March 27, 2022
Amazing what Saint Peter's did. Nothing to be sad about.
Always a #MAACHoops guy at heart.
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) March 27, 2022
Last media timeout for Saint Peter’s. What a historic and memorable run for them and they should be incredibly proud for what they accomplished. pic.twitter.com/L3Xd3JbCGG
— Tristan Freeman (@hoopsnut351) March 27, 2022
they broke our brackets but stole our hearts
big s/o to the saint peter's peacocks. 1 of the greatest tournament runs ever pic.twitter.com/qKA1mha4e3
— buckets (@buckets) March 27, 2022
Still standing, including all time win totals:
Kansas (2,355, 1st)
North Carolina (2,320, 3rd)
Duke (2,246, 4th)
Villanova (1,851, 19th)
Saint Peter’s (826, 192nd)
One of my favorite NCAA Tournaments ever.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 27, 2022
i dont even care lol saint peter's was some of the purest most fun we've had irl and on the internet in like literal years
what a great time
— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) March 27, 2022
We are not friends if your takeaway from Saint Peter’s getting curb-stomped in the Elite Eight is “we need less upsets for better games later.” Give me a Saint Peter’s-type-run every year.
— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) March 27, 2022
Saint Peter’s has been so unbelievable that even when they’re down 20 to a team mopping the floor with them, a little part of me is like — so you’re saying there’s a chance?
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) March 27, 2022
Nothing but respect for Saint Peter’s. That run was awesome.
— Randy Wilkins (@pamsson) March 27, 2022
Saint Peter's had an incredible run for the ages, but this Duke UNC Final Four in Coach K's last season is gonna go CRAZY.
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) March 27, 2022
sorry Saint Peter’s. sorry.
— UNC fans pic.twitter.com/872oOqF1oF
— Ashley Nicole Moss (@AshNicoleMoss) March 27, 2022
Saint Peter's gave this area more over the last 10 days than anyone else — not St. John's, not Seton Hall, not Rutgers, not Iona — has in 23 years. Just a remarkable run.
— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) March 27, 2022
— Joshua Lynch (@JoshisLynch__) March 27, 2022