1982–83 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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1982–83 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Ivy League Champion
Conference Ivy League
1982–83 record 20–9 (12–2, 1st Ivy)
Head coach Pete Carril
Captain Gary Knapp
Captain Craig Robinson
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium

The 1982–83 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1982–83 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was Pete Carril and the team co-captains were Gary Knapp and Craig Robinson.[1] The team played its home games in the Jadwin Gymnasium on the University campus in Princeton, New Jersey. The team was the champion of the Ivy League, which earned them an invitation to the 52-team 1983 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2]

The team posted a 20–9 overall record and a 12–2 conference record.[1] By winning the Ivy League's automatic bid, Princeton was one of the first two teams to earn entry into the tournament.[3] In a 1983 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament preliminary round game on March 15 at The Palestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the team defeated North Carolina A&T 53–41. Then, in the March 18 West Regional first round game at the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon against the Oklahoma State Cowboys the team won 56–53 before losing its March 20 second round match against Boston College Eagles 51–42.[1][2][4]

The team was led by first team All-Ivy League selections Robinson, who was named Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year.[2] Robinson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1983 NBA Draft with the 93rd overall selection in the fourth round, while Rich Simkus was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 222nd selection in the 10th Round.[2] The team was the national statistical champion in scoring defense with an average of 50.1 points allowed.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton Athletic Communications. June 12, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 36. 
  3. ^ White, Gordon S. Jr. (March 7, 1983). "Boston College Springs A Surprise Again". The New York Times. p. C6. Retrieved October 2, 2010. (Subscription required (help)). 
  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. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 48. Retrieved October 1, 2010.