1968–69 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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1968–69 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Undefeated Ivy League Champion
Conference Ivy League
1968–69 record 19–7 (14–0, 1st Ivy League)
Head coach Pete Carril
Captain Christopher Thomforde
Home arena Dillon Gymnasium
Jadwin Gymnasium
Seasons
« 1967–68 1969–70 »

The 1968–69 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented the Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1968–69 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. The head coach was Pete Carril and the team captain was Christopher Thomforde.[1] The team played its home games in the Dillon Gymnasium on the university campus before the January 25, 1969 opening of Jadwin 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 25-team 1969 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2] The team was Princeton's first undefeated Ivy League champion, and earned Carril his first of eleven NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitations.[1] The team helped Princeton end the decade with a 72.6 winning percentage (188–71), which was the tenth best in the nation.[3]

During the regular season, the team played a few of the teams that would eventually participate in the 25-team NCAA tournament: they opened their season against the Villanova Wildcats and later played two of the eventual final four participants (the UCLA Bruins and North Carolina Tar Heels) in the ECAC Holiday Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City in late December 1968.[1][4] The team posted a 19–7 overall record and a 14–0 conference record.[1] The team entered the tournament riding an eleven-game winning streak and having won fifteen of their last sixteen games, but they lost their March 8, 1969 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament East Regional first-round game against the St. John's Red Storm 72–63 at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina.[1][5][6]

Both John Hummer and Geoff Petrie were selected to the All-Ivy League first team. Petrie, who led the conference in scoring with a 23.9 average in conference games,[5] was also an All-East selection.[7] Thomforde was selected in the 1969 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks with the 96th overall selection in the 7th round.[8] Hummer led the conference in field goal percentage with 55.4%.[9] Petrie and Hummer would become the only Tiger teammates to both be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft (in the same draft no less) when they were selected eighth and fifteenth overall in the 1970 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and the Buffalo Braves. The two were part of a trio of 1970 NBA first-round draftees from the Ivy League that included number thirteen selection Jim McMillian of Columbia.[5] Hummer was the first NBA draft pick by the expansion Buffalo Braves.[10] Petrie would share the 1971 NBA Rookie of the Year Award with Dave Cowens.[11] Brian Taylor was selected in the 1972 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 23rd overall selection in the second round while Reggie Bird was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 55th overall selection in the fourth round.[5]

Regular season[edit]

The team posted a 19–7 (14–0 Ivy League) record.[12]

Villanova L 54–64
Duke ! L 62–81
Maryland W 72–63
NAVY W *56–55
Rutgers L 60–61
NEW YORK UNIV. W 88–76
Holy Cross @ W 67–55
UCLA @ L 67–83
North Carolina @ L 76–103
Pennsylvania W 59–56
Army W 51–42
DARTMOUTH W 70–55
HARVARD W 73–62
Davidson # L 54–71
PENNSYLVANIA W 74–62
Harvard W 76–65
Dartmouth W 61–50
COLUMBIA W 68–49
CORNELL W 67–57
Yale W 67–56
Brown W 75–56
YALE W 72–53
BROWN W 74–46
Columbia W 60–59
Cornell W 74–64
St. John’s $ L 63–72
! = at New York
@ = ECAC Holiday Classic at New York
# = at Charlotte, N.C.
$ = NCAA first round at Raleigh, N.C.

Home games in CAPS

NCAA tournament[edit]

The team lost in the first round of the 1969 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[13][14]

3/8/69 in Raleigh, N.C.: St. John’s 72, Princeton 63

Awards and honors[edit]

Players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Five players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[15][16]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1969 7 11 Chris Thomforde New York Knicks
1970 1 8 Geoff Petrie Portland Trail Blazers
1970 1 15 John Hummer Buffalo Braves
1972 2 23 Brian Taylor Seattle SuperSonics
1972 4 55 Reggie Bird Atlanta Hawks

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton Athletic Communications. 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 30. 
  3. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 57. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  4. ^ "1969 Men's College Basketball Bracket". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 33. 
  6. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-22). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Men's Basketball in the Postseason". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  7. ^ a b Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Ivy League & National Awards". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  8. ^ 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 32. 
  9. ^ 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 49. 
  10. ^ "1971 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  11. ^ "NBA & ABA Rookie of the Year Award Winners". Basketball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  12. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "1968–69 Ivy Men's Basketball". ivyleaguesports.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  14. ^ "1969 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  15. ^ "1969 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  16. ^ "1970 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28.