1975–76 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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1975–76 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Undefeated Ivy League Champion
Conference Ivy League
Ranking
Coaches #19t
1975–76 record 22–5 (14–0, 1st Ivy League)
Head coach Pete Carril
Captain Armond Hill
Captain Michael Steuerer
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium
Seasons
« 1974–75 1976–77 »

The 1975–76 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1975–76 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. It was the undefeated Ivy League and earned birth in the 32-team 1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2]

The team posted a 22–5 overall record and a 14–0 conference record.[1] The team lost its March 13, 1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament East Regional first round game against the Rutgers Scarlett Knights 54–53 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.[1][2][3]

During the season, the team spent two weeks of the seventeen-week season ranked in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll, peaking at number fifteen and ending the season unranked.[4] However, the team finished the season ranked tied at number nineteen in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[5] The team was the first of nineteen Princeton teams to win the national statistical championship in scoring defense with an average of 52.9 points allowed.[6] That was an NCAA record (since 1965) that the team would break the following season.[7] Ilan Ramati posted seven blocked shots against William & Mary on January 6, 1976, which established an Ivy League record that would stand until Chris Dudley had nine on February 14, 1987. It remains a league record for non-conference games.[8] In the same game, Frank Sowinski 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.[9] Michael Steurer had eight steals against Columbia on February 6, 1976, which established an Ivy League record that would stand until March 5, 1983.[8]

The team was led by first team All-Ivy League selection Armond Hill, who was named Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year, and by fellow first team selection Barnes Hauptfuhrer. Hill was selected in the 1976 NBA Draft with the 9th overall selection in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks, while Hauptfuhrer was selected with the 43rd overall selection in the third round by the Houston Rockets.[10] Hill repeated as the free throw percentage statistical champion with an 84.8% average.[9] He also surpassed Tim van Blommesteyn's Ivy League single-season steals record set the prior season by one with 73, establishing a record that would last twenty-four years.[8]

Regular season[edit]

The team posted a 22–5 (14–0 Ivy League) record.[11]

DREXEL W 67–48
Navy W 60–59
LAFAYETTE W 84–65
VILLANOVA L 49–51
Miami (Ohio) ! L 61–66
Southern Illinois ! W 69–58
Alabama @ W 61–59
Maryland @ L 59–66
PENNSYLVANIA W 63–39
WILLIAM & MARY W 64–43
Harvard W 62–57
Dartmouth W 59–38
St. Joseph’s W 56–46
ST. JOHN’S W *58–55
Pennsylvania W 69–52
RUTGERS L 62–75
COLUMBIA W 69–53
CORNELL W 53–35
Brown W 56–47
Yale W 49–48
DARTMOUTH W 74–51
HARVARD W 69–48
YALE W 68–53
BROWN W 70–59
Cornell W 72–58
Columbia W 46–44
Rutgers # L 53–54
! = Michigan Invitational at Ann Arbor, Mich.
@ = Maryland Invitational at College Park, Md.
# = NCAA first round at Providence, R.I.

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 Final
AP Top 20 Poll[4] - - - - - - - - - - 19 17 - - - - - -

NCAA tournament[edit]

The team won the 1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[12][13]

3/13/76 in Providence, R.I.: Rutgers 54, Princeton 53

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

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

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1976 1 9 Armond Hill Atlanta Hawks
1976 3 10 Barnes Hauptfuhrer Houston Rockets
1978 9 1 Frank Sowinski New Jersey Nets

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton Athletic Communications. 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 30. 
  3. ^ 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. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 48. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  7. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 42. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  8. ^ a b c 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 54. 
  9. ^ a b 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 52. 
  10. ^ 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 35. 
  11. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "1975–76 Ivy Men's Basketball". ivyleaguesports.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  13. ^ "1976 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  14. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-12). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Ivy League & National Awards". Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  15. ^ "1976 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  16. ^ "1978 NBA Draft". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-03-28.