|Penn-Princeton basketball rivalry|
|Series||Penn leads, 126-113|
|Most Recent Winner||Penn|
February 6, 2018
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. 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. Between 1963 and 2007, Princeton or Penn won or shared the Ivy League conference championship every season except 1986 and 1988. The other seasons in which neither team won or shared the Ivy League title are 1957, 1958, 1962, 2008-10, and 2012-2016.
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).
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. Four one-loss Penn teams suffered their only conference loss to Princeton: 1971-72, 1974-75, 1980-81 & 1998-99. The following one-loss Princeton teams suffered their only conference loss to Penn 1976-77, 1980-81 and 2003-04. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
|Neutral site wins||4||3|
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|Championships and Tournaments|
|NCAA Tournament Bids||24||24|
|NCAA Tournament Regional Championships||1||1|
|National Invitation Tournament Bids||1||7|
|Post season appearances||26||32|
|Ivy League Championships||26||26|
|Outright Ivy League Championships||21||18|
|Undefeated Ivy League Championships||7||5|
|Gave foe only Ivy League loss(es)||4||4|
|All-Time Weeks in the AP Poll||78||41|