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Cinderella team Saint Peter’s Peacocks will face Purdue on National Peacock Day — is it a sign to back them in Sweet 16?

March 25 is National Peacock Day. Are the stars aligning?

Saint Peter’s Peacocks mascot Pete the Peacock is seen during the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament against the Kentucky Wildcats at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 17, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Update 6:43 p.m March 25: No better day for a holiday, as the Saint Peter’s Peacocks pulled a massive 67-64 upset of Purdue in the Sweet 16... on National Peacock Day. Cinderella is now 100-1 to win the national championship at DraftKings Sportsbook.


The Saint Peter’s Peacocks are taking on the Purdue Boilermakers in the 2022 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 round, with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line. The Peacocks have made a nice run as the No. 15 seed in the region, upending No. 2 Kentucky and No. 7 Murray State along the way. Can they add another upset Friday?

If there’s any day for Saint Peter’s to keep this run going, it is on National Peacock Day. We’ve reached a point where every day is “National [insert thing here] Day” but this one lines up perfectly for the Peacocks. They’re heavy underdogs according to DraftKings Sportsbook, but that doesn’t mean anything in March.

St. Peter’s odds on National Peacock Day

Point spread: Purdue -13
Total: 133.5
Moneyline: Purdue -900, Saint Peter’s +600

Should you back Saint Peter’s?

Two weeks ago, most of the country didn’t know there was even a school called Saint Peter’s. Some people still might not know where Saint Peter’s is (it’s in Jersey City, N.J.). Even with the hysteria surrounding National Peacock Day, let’s keep the focus on the court when it comes to making bets. This team is playing good basketball and having success being physical with opponents. I wouldn’t take the Peacocks on the moneyline because eventually the No. 15 seed does get bounced. However, they are a great option against the spread with a Purdue team that struggles to defend at times.

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