NYU Violets men's basketball
|University||New York University|
|Location||New York City, NY|
|Head coach||Joe Nesci (25th year)|
|Arena||Coles Sports and Recreation Center
|Colors||Purple and White
|Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions|
|Pre-tournament Helms champions|
|NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
1986 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 2012 • 2016
|Conference regular season champions|
|1946 • 1948 • 1957 • 1960 • 1993 • 1994|
The NYU Violets men's basketball team is the college basketball team that represents New York University, located in New York City. The team currently competes in NCAA Division III as a member of the University Athletic Association. NYU previously competed as a NCAA Division I program until 1971, when the team was disbanded due to a budget crisis. The team was reinstated in 1983 as a Division III program.
NYU played in two NCAA Division I Final Fours, and can lay claim to two national championships predating the creation of the NCAA tournament (1920 and 1935). NYU has also had success in the Division III NCAA tournament, including a runner-up finish at the 1994 tournament.
Division I history
While a member of Division I, the Violets' basketball team registered a great deal of success.
The school's best NCAA tournament result was finishing runner-up to Oklahoma State (then Oklahoma A&M), coached by the legendary Henry Iba. at the 1945 NCAA tournament. NYU returned to the Final Four in 1960, losing to Ohio State, whose roster featured Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek.
NYU achieved even more success in the years before the advent of the NCAA tournament in 1939. In 1920 NYU won the Amateur Athletic Union national championship tournament, led by the Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year, Howard Cann. Cann returned to coach at NYU after graduation, serving as head basketball coach from 1923 to 1958 and leading NYU to notable success. The Violets were undefeated in the 1933–1934 season, posting a 16–0 record. After winning the first ten games to start the following season, the school's winning streak was broken in an overtime loss at Yale. The loss to Yale was the only setback during the 1934–1935 season, during which NYU finished 19–1 and was named the best team in the nation (retrospectively) by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Finally, the year before the NCAA tournament was created, NYU reached the Final Four at the 1938 National Invitation Tournament.
For the seasons before the AP Poll began ranking college basketball teams in 1949, the Premo-Porretta Poll retrospectively ranks NYU among the final top 5 teams nationally for a number of seasons, including #1 in 1935, #2 in 1909 and 1934, #3 in 1920, #4 in 1921, and #5 in 1930. NYU also appeared in the first AP Poll issued, on January 18, 1949. The school made its final appearance in the Division I AP Poll ranked at #10 on December 24, 1964.
The Violets' most recent post-season accomplishment as a Division I college was finishing as the runner-up to BYU in the 1966 National Invitation Tournament. NYU previously also finished as runner-up in the 1948 National Invitation Tournament, and in third place in the 1959 National Invitation Tournament.
The Violets suffered their worst season in school history in 1970-71, going 5–20. In a case of particularly bad timing, this came while NYU was in the midst of a financial crisis. Facing $6.7 million in debt, school officials were under pressure to cut costs. As a result, the program was disbanded.
Division III history
NYU has once again found success since its reestablishment as a Division III program in 1983.
The school appeared in seven consecutive Division III NCAA basketball tournaments from 1992 to 1998. In 1994 NYU advanced to the Final Four and finished as the national runner-up to Lebanon Valley College. The 1994 team also established a school record by winning 25 games.
The following NYU players and coaches are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (with induction year):
- Nat Holman (1964)
- Howard Cann (1968)
- Dolph Schayes (1973)
- Satch Sanders (2011), inducted as a contributor
National and Metro honors
NYU players and coaches have won the following national and regional awards:
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