Men's Basketball Team

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The Men's Basketball Team is a NCAA Division I basketball program in the Ivy League conference, playing its home games in the Francis S. Levien Gymnasium on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus. The current head coach is Kyle Smith.

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History

The men's basketball team is over 100 years old, having played its first games in 1900. Unlike Football, which did not have a league or conference prior to the formal establishment of the Ivy League in 1956, Ivy basketball programs participated in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (EIBL). The EIBL was founded 1901 by five now-Ivies (Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale), and membership grew and contracted through the leagues final season in 1955.

While Columbia's basketball program has not finished over .500 in Ivy League play since 1992-1993, they're not nearly as awful as the Football team, and are arguably the more decorated team, despite lacking famous victories like Football's 1934 and 1947 triumphs over Stanford in the Rose Bowl, and defending national champion Army, respectively.

The last basketball title claimed by the Lions was in 1968, just before protests rocked campus. This is somewhat more forgivable since a team other than Penn or Princeton has won the league title outright only eight times since 1956. Even Columbia's '68 title was shared with Princeton.

Recent performance

Men's basketball finished .500 in the conference in 2006 and 16-12 overall for the team's first winning record since the 1992-93 season.

Honors

Team honors

The team has won 12 EIBL titles (1903-04, 1904-04, 1910-11, 1911-12, 1913-14, 1925-26, 1929-30, 1930-31, 1935-36, 1946-47, 1947-48, and 1950-51) and one Ivy League championship (1967-1968). The team has played in the NCAA Basketball Tournament three times (1948, 1951, and 1968), and been nationally ranked in the AP Poll during 4 seasons (1950-51, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70), finishing 3rd in the country in 1951, and 7th in 1968. The Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively recognized Columbia as national champions in college basketball 1904, 1905, and 1910.[1]

Individual honors

Columbia's program has also featured 13 consensus first team all-american players, their 19 combined selections ranking Columbia 9th all time among college basketball programs, tied with Duke. The last all-american was Chet Forte in 1957, where his co-honorees included future NBA Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain (whom Forte outscored over the course of the season), and future NBA all-star Rod Hundley.[2]

The program also has its fair share of black sheep, most infamously, Jack Molinas CC'53, who bet on games while a student, leading to a lifetime ban from the NBA, and later was involved in a point-shaving scandal that led to his imprisonment.

Team Record

Year Overall Record Ivy League Record Ivy Finish Coach
W L W L
2014-15 13 15 5 9 6 Kyle Smith 42-44 Overall; 14-28 Ivy League
2013-14 21 13 8 6 3
2012-13 12 16 4 10 8
2011-12 15 15 4 10 6
2010-11 15 13 6 8 T-5
2009-10 11 17 5 9 T-5 Joe Jones 86-108 Overall; 39-59 Ivy League
2008-09 12 16 7 7 T-4
2007-08 14 15 7 7 T-4
2006-07 16 12 7 7 4
2005-06 11 16 4 10 T-7[3]
2004-05 12 15 3 11 8
2003-04 10 17 6 8 T-5
2002-03 2 25 0 14 8 Armond Hill 72-141 Overall; 33-79 Ivy League
2001-02 11 17 4 10 6
2000-01 12 15 7 7 T-4
1999-00 13 14 7 7 T-3
1998-99 10 16 5 9 6
1997-98 11 15 6 8 T-4
1996-97 6 20 1 13 8
1995-96 7 19 3 11 T-7[3]
1994-95 4 22 1 13 8 Jack Rohan 197-248 Overall; 106-145 Ivy League
1993-94 6 20 4 10 7
1992-93 16 10 10 4 2
1991-92 10 16 8 6 3
1990-91 7 19 5 9 7
1989-90 4 22 2 12 8 Wally Halas 18-60 Overall; 8-34 Ivy League
1988-89 8 18 4 10 7
1987-88 6 20 2 12 T-7[3]
1986-87 12 14 6 8 6 Wayne Szoke 37-41 Overall; 21-21 Ivy League
1985-86 12 14 6 8 T-6
1984-85 13 13 9 5 2
1983-84 8 18 5 9 7 Buddy Mahar 70-86 Overall; 41-43 Ivy League
1982-83 10 16 7 7 T-3
1981-82 16 10 9 5 T-2
1980-81 9 17 5 9 T-4
1979-80 10 16 5 9 6
1978-79 17 9 10 4 2
1977-78 15 11 11 3 T-2 Thomas Penders; 43-60 Overall
1976-77 16 10 8 6 3
1975-76 8 17 6 8 T-4
1974-75 4 22 6 8 4
1973-74 5 20 2 12 T-7[3] Jack Rohan 154-161 Overall; 78-103 Ivy League
1972-73 7 18 4 10 6
1971-72 4 20 5 9 6
1970-71 15 9 3 11 7
1969-70 20 5 9 5 T-3
1968-69 20 4 11 3 2
1967-68 23 5 12 2 T-1[4]
1966-67 11 14 6 8 5
1965-66 18 6 10 4 T-2
1964-65 7 15 5 9 6
1963-64 11 12 6 8 T-5
1962-63 10 12 4 9 7
1961-62 3 21 1 13 8
1960-61 8 15 4 10 T-6[3] Archie Oldham 15-39 Overall; 4-2? Ivy League
Kenneth Hunter 5-11 Overall; 4-? Ivy League[5]
1959-60 9 14 2 12 8
1958-59 3 21 2 12 8
1957-58 6 18 2 12 8 Lou Rossini 117-71 Overall; 63-43 Ivy League
1956-57 18 6 9 5 T-3
1955-56 15 9 9 5 T-2
1954-55 17 8 10 4 T-2[6]
1953-54 11 13 6 8 5
1952-53 17 6 8 4 2
1951-52 12 10 7 5 4
1950-51 21 1 12 0 1
1949-50 21 7 9 3 2 Gordon Ridings 70-21 Overall;
1948-49 14 6 8 4 T-2
1947-48 20 3 11 1 1
1946-47 15 5 11 1 1
1945-46 11 9 3 5 4 Paul Mooney 101-81 Overall; 64-52 Ivy League
1944-45 9 10 1 5 4 Elmer Ripley 16-19 Overall; 3-11 Ivy League
1943-44 7 9 2 6 T-3[3]
1942-43 8 8 5 7 5 Cliff Battles 8-8 Overall; 5-7 Ivy League
1941-42 2 13 2 10 7 Paul Mooney 90-72 Overall; 61-47 Ivy League
1940-41 11 5 8 4 3
1939-40 5 12 4 8 5
1938-39 11 5 9 3 2
1937-38 10 8 6 6 T-4
1936-37 14 6 7 5 T-3
1935-36 19 3 12 0 1
1934-35 13 6 10 2 2[6]
1933-34 5 14 3 9 6
1932-33 7 10 3 7 5 Daniel Meehan 94-56 Overall; 51-29 Ivy League
1931-32 16 6 8 2 2[6]
1930-31 20 2 10 0 1
1929-30 15 5 9 1 1
1928-29 9 9 5 5 T-3
1927-28 4 13 2 8 6
1926-27 8 9 5 5 T-3
1925-26 15 2 9 1 1
1924-25 10 7 6 4 T-2 Joseph Deering 47-40 Overall
1923-24 15 4 6 4 T-2
1922-23 9 7 5 5 4
1921-22 6 13 2 8 5
1920-21 7 9 3 7 5
1919-20 4 10 3 7 5 Bebe Benson 4-10 Overall; 3-7 Ivy League
1918-19 3 7 2 6 5 Fred Dawson 3-7 Overall; 2-6 Ivy League
1917-18 4 9 2 8 5 John Murray 4-9 Overall; 2-8 Ivy League
1916-17 6 8 3 7 5 Carl Merner 6-8 Overall; 3-7 Ivy League
1915-16 3 9 1 9 5 Harry Fisher 101-26 Overall; 46-28 Ivy League
1914-15 11 5 6 4 T-3
1913-14 9 3 8 2 T-1[7]
1912-13 8 5 3 5 T-3
1911-12 10 2 8 2 1
1910-11 13 1 7 1 1
1909-10 11 0 No League Play[8]
1908-09 15 1 No League Play[8]
1907-08 10 11 5 3 T-2
1906-07 11 2 8 2 2
1905-06 12 4 7 3 2 No coach
1904-05 13 0 8 0 1
1903-04 17 1 10 0 1
1902-03 10 6 5 3 2
1901-02 5 3 3 3 T-2
1900-01 1 4 No League Play[9]

References

  1. Later research by Patrick Premo and Phil Porretta endorsed the 1904 and 1905 honors.
  2. NCAA Awards through 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Multiple teams tied with worst record in the league.
  4. Tie for best record with Princeton. Won playoff game.
  5. Oldham abruptly resigned mid-season on Janury 4, 1961 after two and a half rocky years. Hunter served as acting coach to finish the 60-61 season.[1]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Tied for best record. Lost playoff.
  7. Co-Champions with Cornell. The shared title in league history; all others ties were broken by a playoff game.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The EIBL collapsed after 1907-1909 and was re-founded in 1910-1911.
  9. Columbia's first season of basketball occurred prior to the formation of the EIBL in 1901-1902.
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