2009–10 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team
|2009–10 Princeton Tigers men's basketball|
2010 College Basketball Invitational, Semifinals
|2009–10 record||22-9 (11-3, 2nd Ivy League)|
|Head coach||Sydney Johnson (3rd year)|
|Home arena||Jadwin Gymnasium|
|2009–10 Ivy League men's basketball standings|
|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. 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. 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. These field goal percentages are both listed in the Princeton record books as tied for the second best perfect performances. 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. In the March 17, opening-round game of the College Basketball Invitational tournament at home, Princeton defeated the Duquesne Dukes 65–51. 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. On March 22, the team defeated IUPUI 74–68 in double overtime at IUPUI Gymnasium in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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. 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.
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. Using the Princeton offense, Princeton led the nation in scoring defense for the twentieth time since 1976. Following the season, Bill Bradley was awarded the Court of Honor Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
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- "Men's Basketball Outlasts IUPUI 74-68 in Double OT (with video)". Princeton University. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
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- "Saint Louis Ends Men's Basketball's Postseason Run, 69-59 (with video)". Princeton University. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
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