1979–80 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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1979–80 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Ivy League Co-Champion
Ivy League one-game playoff, Lost
Conference Ivy League
1979–80 record 15–15 (11–4, 1st-t Ivy)
Head coach Pete Carril
Captain John W. Rogers, Jr.
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium

The 1979–80 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1979–80 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Pete Carril and the team captain was John W. Rogers, Jr..[1] The team played its home games in the Jadwin Gymnasium on the University campus in Princeton, New Jersey. The team was the co-champion of the Ivy League, but lost a one-game playoff and failed to earn an invitation to either the 1980 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 1980 National Invitation Tournament.[2]

The team played a schedule that included eventual national champion Louisville, other members of the 48-team NCAA tournament field such as #3 seed St. John's, #4 seed Duke and #8 Villanova as well as the Big Ten Conference's Michigan State and the Big East Conference's Seton Hall.[1][3] The team recovered from a slow start in which it lost its first five and eleven of its first thirteen games to post a 15–15 overall record and an 11–4 conference record.[1] After splitting the regular season series one win apiece on home game victories and finishing tied with identical 11–3 conference records, Princeton and Penn Penn faced each other in a March 4, 1980, one-game Ivy League playoff game. Princeton lost the game which was held at the Kirby Sports Center at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, by a 50–49 margin, thus giving Penn the Ivy League Championship and an invitation to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Princeton would avenge this loss the following year when the two teams finished tied for the conference regular season title again.[1][2][4] The team was led by first team All-Ivy League selection Randy Melville.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton Athletic Communications. June 12, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 30. 
  3. ^ "1980 Men's College Basketball Bracket". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (June 22, 2009). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Men's Basketball in the Postseason". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 36.