2003–04 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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2003–04 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Ivy League Champion
2004 NCAA Men's Division I Tournament, Fourteen Seed, Round of 64
Conference Ivy League
2003–04 record 20–8 (13–1, 1st Ivy League)
Head coach John Thompson III
Assistant coach Mike Brennan
Captain Ed Persia
Captain Judson Wallace
Home arena Jadwin Gymnasium
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The 2003–04 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 2003–04 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The head coach was John Thompson III and the team captains were Ed Persia and Judson Wallace.[1] The team played its home games in the Jadwin Gymnasium on the University campus in Princeton, New Jersey, and was the champion of the Ivy League, which earned them an invitation to the 65-team 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they were seeded fourteenth in the Atlanta Region.[2] Following the season Thompson departed to coach Georgetown where his father John Thompson, Jr. had coached for decades.[3] He was replaced by Joe Scott.[4] Both Scott and the younger Thompson are former Princeton Tigers basketball captains.[1]

Using the Princeton offense, the team posted a 20–8 overall record and a 13–1 conference record.[1] Princeton clinched the Ivy League title on March 6, 2004 at Dartmouth,[5][6] making the March 9 annual Ivy League season finale contest against Penn meaningless. Nonetheless, the Tigers defeated Penn 76–70 in overtime giving them a nine-game winning streak as they entered the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament.[7] In its March 18, 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Atlanta Regional first round game against the Brandon Mouton-led Texas Longhorns at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado the team lost by a 66–49 margin.[1][2][8][9][10]

The team was led by first team All-Ivy League selections Will Venable and Judson Wallace.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton Athletic Communications. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b c 2009–10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 41. 
  3. ^ Williams, Lena (2004-04-21). "College Basketball; Familiar Name Back With Hoyas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  4. ^ "Scott Leaves Air Force For Alma Mater, Princeton". The New York Times. 2004-04-22. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  5. ^ "College Basketball; Worth Noting". The New York Times. 2004-03-07. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  6. ^ "Princeton 64 (19–7, 12–1 Ivy); Dartmouth 59 (3–25, 1–13 Ivy)". ESPN. 2004-03-06. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  7. ^ "Princeton 76 (20–7, 13–1 Ivy); Pennsylvania 70 (17–10, 10–4 Ivy)". ESPN. 2004-03-09. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  8. ^ George, Thomas (2004-03-19). "College Basketball: East Rutherford; Texas 66, Princeton 49". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  9. ^ "(14) Princeton 49 (20–8, 13–1 Ivy); (3) Texas 66 (24–7, 12–4 Big 12)". ESPN. 2004-03-18. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  10. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (2009-06-22). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Men's Basketball in the Postseason". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved 2010-09-30.