Per usual, Purdue players and coaches gathered at coach Matt Painter's house to watch the NCAA selection show on Sunday night.
Soon after the Boilermakers popped up as a No. 3 seed in the Southwest Region, their opponent for the tournament was revealed: Saint Peter's.
"I had never heard of them," freshman Terone Johnson said.
"I hadn't heard of Saint Peter's until we saw them on the thing," JaJuan Johnson said.
"We watched film on Alabama earlier in the year and one of the teams they played against was Saint Peter's," sophomore D.J. Byrd said. "So that was the only reason I had heard of them."
Here's a quick primer:
- Saint Peter's College finished fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the regular season but won the conference tournament to get the automatic bid.
- It is 20-13 overall.
- Their nickname is the Peacocks.
- They haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 1995.
- The school is one of 28 Jesuit colleges in the country and the only one in New Jersey.
- The campus is in Jersey City, N.J.
- Enrollment is about 3,000 students.
When asked Sunday if he knew anything about Saint Peter's, Painter said "I do not."
But they'll learn quickly.
Painter and his staff likely will watch film on Sunday night. Point guard Lewis Jackson -- who said he only knew the Peacocks had a kid named Jenkins who averages about 12 points per game -- said he expects all that information to be passed along before Monday's practice.