1974–75 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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1974–75 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Conference Ivy League
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #12
1974–75 record 22-8 (12-2, 2nd Ivy League)
Head coach Pete Carril
Captain Armond Hill
Captain Michael Steuerer
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium
Seasons
« 1973–74 1975–76 »

The 1974–75 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented the Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1974–75 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Pete Carril and the team co-captains were Armond Hill and Michael Steuerer.[1] The team played its home games in the Jadwin Gymnasium on the University campus in Princeton, New Jersey, and was the runner-up of the Ivy League and champion of the 16-team 1975 National Invitation Tournament.[2]

The team won its last thirteen games and posted a 22-8 overall record and a 12-2 conference record.[1] The team won the National Invitation Tournament held at New York City's Madison Square Garden by defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders 84–63 on March 16, 1975, the South Carolina Gamecocks 86–67 on March 20, the Oregon Ducks 58–57 on March 22 and the Providence Friars 80–69 on March 23.[1][2][3] This was the school's first and only post season tournament championship.[3]

During the season, the team spent the final two weeks of the seventeen-week season ranked in the Associated Press Top Ten Poll, peaking at number eight and ending the season ranked number twelve.[4] The team also finished the season ranked number twelve in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[5]

Armond Hill, who led the Ivy League in free throw percentage with an 81.1% average,[6] was selected to the All-Ivy League first team. Tim van Blommesteyn, who set the Ivy League single-season steals record (72) that Hill would break the following year,[7] was selected in the 1975 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks with the 153rd overall selection in the 9th Round.[8] On January 11, 1975 against Harvard, Steurer made all twelve of his free throws to find his way into the Ivy League's record books although short of Bill Bradley's perfect 16 free throw night and the Ivy League record of 21.[6]

Regular season[edit]

The team posted a 22-8 (12-2 Ivy League) record.[9]

FORDHAM W 70-47
NAVY W 66-55
Notre Dame L 66-80
Villanova W 79-70
DAVIDSON W 72-56
Rutgers L 67-73
South Carolina ! L 48-66
Duke ! L 57-66
PENNSYLVANIA W 50-49
Lafayette L 67-73
DARTMOUTH W 82-68
HARVARD W 67-57
Temple W 59-48
Duke L 73-90
Pennsylvania L 57-75
Yale W 62-50
Brown L 61-62
CORNELL W 59-29
COLUMBIA W 86-67
Harvard W 70-55
Dartmouth W 70-58
Columbia W 78-60
Cornell W 80-53
Virginia W 55-50
BROWN W 61-57
YALE W 76-68
Holy Cross @ W 84-63
South Carolina @ W 86-67
Oregon @ W 58-57
Providence @ W 80-69
! = South Carolina Classic at Columbia, S.C.
@ = NIT at New York

Home games in CAPS

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
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 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Final
AP Top 20 Poll[4] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 12

NIT tournament[edit]

The team won the 1975 National Invitation Tournament.[10]

National Invitation Tournament

3/16/75 at Madison Square Garden: Princeton 84, Holy Cross 63
3/20/75 at Madison Square Garden: Princeton 86, So. Carolina 67
3/22/75 at Madison Square Garden: Princeton 58, Oregon 57

NIT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

3/23/75 at Madison Square Garden: Princeton 80, Providence 69

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Three players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[12][13]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1975 9 9 Tim van Blommsteyn New York Knicks
1976 1 9 Armond Hill Atlanta Hawks
1976 3 10 Barnes Hauptfuhrer Houston Rockets

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton Athletic Communications. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 30. 
  3. ^ a b Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-22). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Men's Basketball in the Postseason". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  6. ^ a b 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 52. 
  7. ^ 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 54. 
  8. ^ 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 34. 
  9. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "1974-75 Ivy Men's Basketball". ivyleaguesports.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  11. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Ivy League & National Awards". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  12. ^ "1975 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  13. ^ "1976 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-27.