The St. Peter’s Peacocks men’s basketball team is a college basketball program that represents St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. The team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and plays its home games at the Yanitelli Center.
The team has made six appearances in the NCAA Tournament, with the most recent appearance coming in 2011. That year, the Peacocks won the MAAC Tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Purdue in the first round.
Overall, the Peacocks have a record of 5-6 in NCAA Tournament play. Their best performance came in 1980, when they advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Louisville.
In recent years, the St. Peter’s men’s basketball team has been competitive in the MAAC, but has not made another NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011.
St. Peter’s University has had several players go on to play in the NBA, but there are two notable players who have had significant careers at the professional level:
1. Terry Dehere – Dehere played for St. Peter’s from 1989 to 1993 and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,494 points. He was selected in the first round of the 1993 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers and played five seasons in the NBA for the Clippers and the Sacramento Kings.
2. Keydren Clark – Clark played for St. Peter’s from 2002 to 2006 and was a prolific scorer during his time with the Peacocks. He finished his college career with 3,058 points, which is the fourth-highest total in NCAA Division I history. Clark was not selected in the NBA draft, but he played professionally overseas for several years and had a brief stint with the Golden State Warriors during the 2006-07 season.
Other former St. Peter’s players who have played professionally include John “Chubby” Cox, who played in the NBA and other leagues in the 1980s, and Darius Conley, who has played professionally in Europe since graduating from St. Peter’s in 2012.
The best finish for the St. Peter’s Peacocks men’s basketball team in the NCAA March Madness tournament was in 1980 when they advanced to the Sweet 16. In that tournament, the 14th-seeded Peacocks upset 3rd-seeded Purdue and 6th-seeded Wake Forest to reach the Sweet 16, where they ultimately lost to eventual national champion Louisville.
That run in the 1980 NCAA Tournament is widely considered the greatest moment in St. Peter’s basketball history. The team was led by head coach Don Kennedy and featured players such as guard Joe Staub, forward Wesley Bialosuknia, and center Terry Dehere.
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