2001–02 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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2001–02 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Ivy League Tri-Champion
One-game Ivy League playoff, Lost
2002 National Invitation Tournament, First Round
Conference Ivy League
2001–02 record 16–12 (11–4, 1st-t Ivy)
Head coach John Thompson III
Assistant coach Mike Brennan
Captain Michael S. Bechtold
Captain Ahmed El-Nokali
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium

The 2001–02 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented the Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was John Thompson III and the team co-captains were Michael S. Bechtold and Ahmed El-Nokali.[1] The team played its home games in the Jadwin Gymnasium on the University campus in Princeton, New Jersey, and was co-champion of the Ivy League. The team earned an invitation to the 40-team 2000 National Invitation Tournament.[2] The team was making its seventh consecutive postseason appearance.[3]

Using the Princeton offense, the team posted a 16–12 overall record and an 11–4 conference record.[1] The team was led by All-Ivy League second team selections Bechtold and El-Nokali.[2] The team earned the 52nd consecutive home victory over Brown on February 23 to establish a National Collegiate Athletic Association record for consecutive home victories over a single opponent. As of 2010 the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team eclipsed that record with a current streak of 54 over Clemson.[4] The Tigers had a chance to win the Ivy League championship outright by defeating Penn in the regular season finale on March 5, but they lost 64–48, resulting in a three-way tie.[5] By virtue of its superior record head-to-head Penn had a bye in the first round of the three-way playoff.[5] The Tigers played Yale in a one-game playoff with the winner to face Penn in a one-game championship. Princeton lost 76–60 on March 7 at The Palestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1][2][6][7] In the National Invitation Tournament the team lost its first round contest against the Louisville Cardinals at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky on March 12 by a 66–65 score.[1][7] The team lost on a jump shot with 5.3 seconds remaining.[3]


  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 c 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 40. 
  3. ^ a b "College Basketball: Men's Roundup; Late Jumper by Louisville Beats Princeton in N.I.T.". The New York Times. March 13, 2002. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 60. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Finley, Bill (March 6, 2002). "College Basketball; 3-Way Playoff in Ivy League As Penn Rolls Over Princeton". The New York Times. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ Popper, Steve (March 8, 2002). "Basketball; Yale Holds Off Tigers And Holds On to Dream". The New York Times. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b 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.