1966–67 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team
|1966–67 Princeton Tigers men's basketball|
Ivy League Champion
1967 NCAA Men's Division I Tournament, Regional 3rd place
|AP||#5 (peaked at 3)|
|1966–67 record||25-3 (13-1, 1st Ivy League)|
|Head coach||Butch van Breda Kolff|
|Home arena||Dillon Gymnasium|
The 1966–67 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1966–67 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. Butch van Breda Kolff served as head coach and the team captain was Ed Hummer. The team played its home games in the Dillon Gymnasium on the University campus in Princeton, New Jersey. The team was the champion of the Ivy League, which earned them an invitation to the 23-team 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. This was van Breda Kolff's final year as head coach at Princeton. Upon his retirement to go coach the Los Angeles Lakers, he eclipsed R. B. Smith's fifty-eight-year-old Ivy League winning Percentage record with a 76.9% mark (103–31). The record would stand until Bill Carmody stepped down in 2000. His team's helped Princeton end the decade with a 72.6 winning percentage (188–71), which was the tenth best in the nation.
The team posted a 25-3 overall record and a 13-1 conference record. The team earned national ranking following its January 2, 1967 91–81 victory over number three ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The team's January 14, 1967 116–42 victory over Dartmouth established the Ivy League record for margin of victory. The 116 points continues to be the Ivy League record for points scored in a conference game. During the season, the team spent nine weeks of the fifteen-week season ranked in the Associated Press Top Ten Poll, peaking at number three and ending the season ranked number five. The team also finished the season ranked number five in the final UPI Coaches' Poll. Point guard Gary Walters and center Chris Thomforde were featured on the cover of the February 27, 1967 issue of Sports Illustrated.
The team won its March 11, 1967 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament East Regional first round game against the West Virginia Mountaineers by a 68–57 margin at the Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia. Then on March 17 in the second round it lost its rematch against a North Carolina team that was ranked in the top 10 all season (no lower than fifth after the third week of the season) by a 78–70 margin in overtiime at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland before winning the regional consolation game against St. John's 78–70 the next night.
Three of the five members of the All-Ivy League first team were Princeton players: Joe Heiser, Chris Thomforde and Gary Walters. This was the first time that one team had three first team selections. However, none of the three All-Ivy Princeton players were among the league's top five scorers. Nonetheless, Thomforde was a second team All-American selection by Converse. Walters was named first team U.P.I. "Small All-American;" "Honorable Mention All-America" by the A.P.; and was the winner of the B.F. Bunn Trophy, which is "awarded to that member of the varsity basketball team who through sportsmanship, play, and influence has contributed the most to the sport at Princeton." Following the season, Hummer was selected in the 1967 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics with the 64th overall selection in the 6th round.
The team posted a 25-3 (13-1 Ivy League) record.
|Bowling Green @||W||87-73|
|West Virginia #||W||68-57|
|North Carolina $||L||*70-78|
|St. John’s $||W||78-58|
- ! = at Charlotte, N.C.
- @ = Quaker City Tournament at Philadelphia
- # = NCAA first round at Blacksburg, Va.
- $ = NCAA East Regional at College Park, Md.
Home games in CAPS
|Poll||Pre||Wk 1||Wk 2||Wk 3||Wk 4||Wk 5||Wk 6||Wk 7||Wk 8||Wk 9||Wk 10||Wk 11||Wk 12||Wk 13||Final|
|AP Top 10 Poll||-||-||-||-||-||-||7||5||5||5||4||3||6||5||6|
- 3/11/67 in Blacksburg, Va.: Princeton 68, West Virginia 57
- 3/17/67 in College Park, Md.: North Carolina 78, Princeton 70 (OT)
- 3/18/67 in College Park, Md.: Princeton 78, St. John’s 58
Awards and honors
- Gary Walters
- First Team All-Ivy League
- First Team U.P.I. "Small All-American"
- Honorable Mention A.P. All-America
- B.F. Bunn Trophy Winner "awarded to that member of the varsity basketball team who though sportsmanship, play, and influence has contributed the most to the sport at Princeton."
Team players drafted into the NBA
|1967||6||17||Ed Hummer||Boston Celtics|
|1968||6||4||Joe Heiser||Baltimore Bullets|
|1968||14||6||John Haarlow||New York Knicks|
|1969||7||11||Chris Thomforde||New York Knicks|
- "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton Athletic Communications. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
- Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Coaching Record & Program Facts". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
- 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 30.
- 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 56.
- "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 57. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
- Jares, Joe (1967-02-27). "Tiger In The House Of Ivy". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 55.
- "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- "Princeton Builds A Basketball Dynasty". Sports Illustrated. 1967-02-27. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-22). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Men's Basketball in the Postseason". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 43.
- Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
- "1967 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "1966-67 Ivy Men's Basketball". ivyleaguesports.com. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
- Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Ivy League & National Awards". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-27.
- "1967 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
- "1968 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
- "1969 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28.