Penn-Princeton Basketball Rivalry
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Penn%E2%80%93Princeton Basketball Rivalry

Penn-Princeton basketball rivalry
Penn logo Princeton logo
Teams Penn Quakers
Princeton Tigers
Originated 1903
Series Penn leads, 126-113
Most Recent Winner Penn
 February 6, 2018
Next TBA
Streak 2

The Penn-Princeton basketball rivalry is an American college basketball rivalry between the Penn Quakers men's basketball team of the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton Tigers men's basketball team of Princeton University. Having been contested every year since 1903, it is the third oldest consecutively played rivalry in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I history.[1] Unlike many notable college basketball rivalries, such as Carolina-Duke, which involves teams that often both get invited to the same NCAA tournaments, Notre Dame-UCLA, which involves geographically remote teams, Illinois-Missouri, which involves non-conference rivals, or Alabama-Auburn, which takes a back seat to the football rivalry, this is a rivalry of geographically close, conference rivals, who compete for a single NCAA invitation and consider the basketball rivalry more important than other sports rivalries between the schools. A head-to-head contest has been the final regularly scheduled game of the Princeton season every year since 1995.[2][3] Between 1963 and 2007, Princeton or Penn won or shared the Ivy League conference championship every season except 1986 and 1988.[4] The other seasons in which neither team won or shared the Ivy League title are 1957, 1958, 1962, 2008-10, and 2012-2016.[4]

The two programs are omnipresent in the history of Ivy League basketball. Entering the 2013-14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, 11 of the 12 active Division I basketball head coaches who are Ivy basketball alumni are from these two programs: Penn - Jerome Allen (Penn), Matt Langel (Colgate), Fran McCaffery (Iowa) and Andrew Toole (Robert Morris); Princeton - Mitch Henderson (Princeton), Sydney Johnson (Fairfield), Chris Mooney (Richmond), Craig Robinson (Oregon State), Joe Scott (Denver), John Thompson III (Georgetown) and Mike Brennan (American).[5]

Penn and Princeton have each won 26 conference championships. Princeton has been undefeated in conference 5 times: 1968-69, 1975-76, 1990-91, 1996-97 & 1997-98. Penn has been undefeated in conference 7 times: 1969-70, 1970-71, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1999-2000 & 2002-03.[4] Four one-loss Penn teams suffered their only conference loss to Princeton: 1971-72, 1974-75, 1980-81 & 1998-99.[2][4] The following one-loss Princeton teams suffered their only conference loss to Penn 1976-77, 1980-81 and 2003-04.[2][4] Note that in the 1980-81 season both teams had one loss, and Princeton won a one-game playoff for the NCAA invitation. Also, in 1996 when both teams had two losses, the 1995-96 Tigers suffered their only conference losses to the 1995-96 Quakers, and Princeton won a one-game playoff for the automatic NCAA invitation.[2][4]

Both Penn and Princeton have earned 24 bids each as Ivy League conference's bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Both teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament final four once: 1964-65 Tigers and 1978-79 Quakers. Additionally, the 1974-75 Tigers won the 1975 National Invitation Tournament championship.

"Black Tuesday" - February 9, 1999

Princeton 50, Penn 49

After Princeton's Brian Earl opened the scoring with a three-pointer, Penn scored 29 unanswered points to stake a 29-3 lead. The Quakers led 33-9 at the break and 40-13 in the second half. But Princeton closed the game on a 37-9 run to score a stunning 50-49 victory and move into first place in the Ivy League.[6][7] As of 2010, the 27-point comeback from 13-40 with 15:11 remaining to win 50-49 over Penn on February 9, 1999, remains the fifth-largest comeback and fourth-largest second-half comeback in NCAA history. That game's 9-33 half time deficit comeback remains the second-largest comeback.[8]

Recent games

The 2010-11 Tigers needed to beat the 2010-11 Quakers in the season-ending rivalry game to tie the 2010-11 Harvard Crimson for the regular season co-championship and necessitate a one-game playoff for the conference's automatic NCAA tournament invitation. Princeton won.[9][10]

The 2011-12 Quakers needed a victory over the 2011-12 Tigers in the season-ending rivalry game to tie the 2011-12 Crimson for the regular season co-championship and necessitate a one-game playoff for the conference's automatic NCAA tournament invitation. Penn lost.[11][12]

The first game of the 2017 Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament, which was the inaugural Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament was an overtime victory by Princeton over Penn.[13]

Series facts

Statistic Penn Princeton
Games played[14] 239
Wins[14] 126 113
Home wins[14] 70 62
Road wins[14] 52 48
Neutral site wins[14] 4 3
Playoff wins[15] 1 2
Consecutive wins ? ?
Total points scored in the series ? ?
Most points scored in a game by one team in a win ? ?
Most points scored in a game by both teams ?
Most points scored in a game by one team in a loss ? ?
Fewest points scored in a game by both teams ?
Fewest points scored in a game by one team in a win ? ?
Largest margin of victory ? ?
Smallest margin of victory ? ?
Championships and Tournaments
NCAA Tournament Bids[16] 24 24
NCAA Tournament Regional Championships 1 1
National Invitation Tournament Bids 1 7
Post season appearances[17] 26 32
Ivy League Championships[18] 26 26
Outright Ivy League Championships[18] 21 18
Undefeated Ivy League Championships[18] 7 5
Gave foe only Ivy League loss(es) 4 4
EIBL Championships 13 6
All-Time Weeks in the AP Poll[19] 78 41


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  2. ^ a b c d "Men's Basketball Record Book o All-Time Results". Princeton University. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ "Princeton, Penn Meet Tuesday with Quakers Aiming for Title Share". Princeton University. March 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "2010-11 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Ivy League. pp. 46-60. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ "2013-14 Ivy League MEN'S BASKETBALL: Week 2 November 11, 2013" (PDF). November 11, 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Norwood, Robyn (February 11, 1999). "Comeback Loss Leaves Penn in Quaker State". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Miracle at the Palestra: Princeton comes back to beat Penn in the game of the year". March 10, 1999. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 38. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Friedman, Dick (March 11, 2011). "Harvard, Princeton meet in a winner-take-all game for Ivy title". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Princeton Forces a Playoff for the Ivy's N.C.A.A. Bid". The New York Times. March 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "Men's Hoops Denies Penn Title Share, Finishes Perfect at Home in Ivy". Princeton University. March 6, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "Princeton defeats Pennsylvania; Harvard clinches first Ivy League title". ESPN. March 6, 2012. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Tannenwald, Jonathan (March 11, 2017). "Penn falls to Princeton 72-64 in overtime in Ivy league basketball tournament semifinal". Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Men's Basketball Record Book o Records vs. Division I Opponents". Princeton University. Mar 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ "2010-11 Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly release: Week 18 o March 9, 2011" (PDF). Ivy League. March 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ "2010-11 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Postseason o March 14, 201" (PDF). March 14, 2011. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 8, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  17. ^ "Men's Basketball Postseason Release 2". March 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ a b c "2011-12 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Week 2 o November 14, 2011" (PDF). November 14, 2011. p. 5. Retrieved 2011.
  19. ^ "2011-12 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Week 2 o November 14, 2011" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 2011.

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