1962–63 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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1962–63 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Ivy League Champions
Ivy League one-game playoff, Won
1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Lost first round
Conference Ivy League
1962–63 record 19–6 (12–3, 1st-t Ivy)
Head coach Butch van Breda Kolff
Captain Art Hyland
Home arena Dillon Gymnasium
Seasons
« 1961–62 1963–64 »

The 1962–63 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1962–63 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. Butch van Breda Kolff served as head coach and the team captain was Art Hyland.[1] The team played its home games in the Dillon Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey.[2] The team was the champion of the Ivy League, earning an invitation to the 25-team 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[3]

The team posted a 19–6 overall record and a 12–3 conference record. After ending the regular season tied for the conference lead, the team won a one-game playoff against Yale on March 8, 1963 at the Rose Hill Arena at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York by a 65–53 margin for the Ivy League championship and the automatic invitation to the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1][4] The team lost its NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament East region first round contest against the Saint Joseph's Hawks by an 82–81 margin at The Palestra on March 11, 1963.[1][3][4] Bradley set the current NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament record for free throws made in 100% effort (16) against St. Joseph's.[5] That continues to be the second best perfect free throw shooting night in Ivy League history.[6] Although the Princeton record book credits Bradley with a 21 for 21 night on January 19, 1963 against Cornell,[7] the Ivy League record book only recognizes one performance better than Bradley's 16 free throw effort (John Lee's 21 on December 27, 1957).[6]

Bill Bradley, who for the first of three consecutive seasons led the conference in scoring with a 27.5 points per game average in conference games, and Art Hyland were both first team All-Ivy League selections. In addition, Bradley was an 1963 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American selection by numerous panels: First team (Sporting News, Helms Foundation), Second team (Associated Press, United Press International, Look, Converse, NEA), Third team (National Association of Basketball Coaches).[3] Bradley would become the school's only three-time All-American two years later.[8] Bradley also led the conference in rebounding with a 13.6 average,[9] while Hyland led the conference in field goal percentage with a 48.2%.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton Athletic Communications. 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Coaching Record & Program Facts". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ a b c 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 30. 
  4. ^ a b Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-22). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Men's Basketball in the Postseason". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Division I Championship". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 4. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  6. ^ a b 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 52. 
  7. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Individual & Team Records". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  8. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Ivy League & National Awards". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  9. ^ 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 47. 
  10. ^ 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 49.