Saint Peter’s University Peacocks Bobblehead Unveiled
MILWAUKEE – Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed Saint Peter’s Peacocks bobblehead. This marks the first Saint Peter’s bobblehead and celebrates the Peacocks who have captured the nation’s attention with their Cinderella run in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. With three consecutive shocking upset victories, the Peacocks became the first 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Elite Eight. The Saint Peter’s bobblehead is being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, an official licensee of Saint Peter’s University.
The bobblehead features the Saint Peter’s Peacock in full strut standing on a base bearing the Saint Peter’s name with the Saint Peter’s logo on the backing. The bobbleheads are only available for pre-order through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store and are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered and they are expected to ship in August.
A private Jesuit University located in Jersey City, New Jersey, with an enrollment of roughly 2,500 undergraduate students, Saint Peter’s automatically qualified for the 2022 NCAA Tournament after beating Monmouth by a score of 60-54 in the championship of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. In the regular season, the mid-major Peacocks lost six of their first nine games before turning things around. They went 14-6 in conference play and finished as the runner-up to MAAC champion Iona.
Making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, the Peacocks won their first-ever game in the Big Dance when they shocked No. 2 Kentucky in an overtime thriller, 85-79, in a first-round matchup at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Two days later, they became the third No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 when they knocked off No. 7 Murray State in the second round, 70-60. Accomplishing what previous No. 15 seeds Oral Roberts and Florida Gulf Coast University could not in the Sweet 16, Saint Peter’s continued its winning ways on National Peacock Day with a 67-64 victory over No. 3 Purdue at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Led by fourth-year coach Shaheen Holloway, the Peacocks will face No. 8 North Carolina for a spot in the Final Four on Sunday, March 27th.
Saint Peter’s University is the only NCAA Division I school whose mascot is the peacock. It was chosen as the mascot in 1930 by then-dean Father Robert Gannon after the school had been closed for 12 years following World War I. The peacock was a phoenix-like symbol of resurrection and eternal life. The peacock also ties the college to the settling of Jersey City, originally called Pavonia, or “Land of the Peacock.” At one point in the 1960s, live peacocks roamed the campus. In addition to their four NCAA Tournament appearances, the Peacocks have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 12 times. In 1968, they gained national attention by defeating heavily favored and nationally ranked Duke in the quarterfinals en route to a fourth-place finish.
“We are excited to be producing the first bobblehead of the Saint Peter’s University Peacocks,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “The run by Saint Peter’s in the 2022 NCAA Tournament will be talked about for generations and like the rest of the country, we have a case of Peacock Fever!”
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