2009–10 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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2009–10 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Conference Ivy League
2009–10 record 22-9 (11-3, 2nd Ivy League)
Head coach Sydney Johnson (3rd year)
Captain Nick Lake
Captain Marcus Schroeder
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Cornell 13 1   .929     29 5   .853
Princeton 11 3   .786     22 9   .710
Harvard 10 4   .714     21 9   .700
Yale 6 8   .429     12 19   .387
Columbia 5 9   .357     11 17   .393
Brown 5 9   .357     11 20   .355
Penn 5 9   .357     6 22   .214
Dartmouth 1 13   .071     5 23   .179
As of March 21, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Sydney Johnson and the team captains were Nick Lake and Marcus Schroeder.[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, which earned them an invitation to the 16-team 2010 College Basketball Invitational single-elimination tournament where they were advanced to the third round to play in the semifinals.

The team posted a 22–9 overall record and an 11–3 conference record.[1] On January 6, 2010 against Marist Patrick Saunders had a perfect shooting night from the floor on eight field goals including five three-point shots.[2] These field goal percentages are both listed in the Princeton record books as tied for the second best perfect performances.[3] On January 24 against Goucher, the team established the school single-game record for steals with 20, surpassing the 17 set on five different occasions between December 6, 1975 and January 28, 2002.[3][4] In the March 17, opening-round game of the College Basketball Invitational tournament at home, Princeton defeated the Duquesne Dukes 65–51.[5] The game was Princeton's first postseason appearance since the 2003–04 team went to the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and the first postseason victory since the 1998–99 team won two games in the 1999 National Invitation Tournament.[6] On March 22, the team defeated IUPUI 74–68 in double overtime at IUPUI Gymnasium in Indianapolis, Indiana.[7] The Tigers had previously won in the postseason in Indianapolis when the 1995–96 team pulled off a first-round upset of the national defending champion in the 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[8] In the tournament semifinals the team was defeated by Saint Louis University 69–59 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on March 24. Princeton led 25–22 with 7:25 remaining in the first half but fell behind by a 38–29 halftime score.[9][10]

Head coach Johnson employs the Princeton offense.[11] The prior season the only two schools who had lower scoring averages also ran the Princeton offense: Oregon State and Denver.[12]

The team was led by second team All-Ivy League selections sophomore Douglas Davis and junior Dan Mavraides. It was the first time since 2004 that two Tigers had been on the first or second All-Ivy League teams.[13] Using the Princeton offense, Princeton led the nation in scoring defense for the twentieth time since 1976.[14][15] Following the season, Bill Bradley was awarded the Court of Honor Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". Princeton Athletic Communications. 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Princeton 77, Marist 58". ESPN. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Men's Basketball Record Book • Individual & Team Records". Princeton Athletic Communications. 2010-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Princeton 88, Goucher 35". ESPN. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Duquesne 51 (16-16, 7-9 A 10); Princeton 65 (21-8, 11-3 Ivy)". ESPN. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Men's Basketball Gets First Postseason Win Since '99 (with video)". Princeton University. 2010-03-17. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  7. ^ "Princeton 74 (22-8, 11-3 Ivy); IUPUI 68 (25-11, 15-3 Summit)". ESPN. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball Outlasts IUPUI 74-68 in Double OT (with video)". Princeton University. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Princeton 59 (22-9, 11-3 Ivy); Saint Louis 69 (23-11, 11-5 A 10)". ESPN. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  10. ^ "Saint Louis Ends Men's Basketball's Postseason Run, 69-59 (with video)". Princeton University. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  11. ^ Plutnicki, Ken (2009-02-10). "The Quad Q.& A.: Princeton Coach Sydney Johnson". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  12. ^ Cohen, Ben (2010-12-14). "Princeton Moves Into the Fast(er) Lane: The Tigers Are Using the Same Intricate Half-Court Offense They Made Famous—They're Just Pushing the Tempo More". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
  13. ^ "Davis, Mavraides Tabbed as All-Ivy for Men's Basketball". Princeton University. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 48. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  15. ^ "Men's Basketball Ranking Summary". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  16. ^ "Bill Bradley '65 to be Honored by the NABC Foundation". Princeton University. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-10-07.