I Men's College Basketball in NJ
college basketball has a rich tradition in New Jersey.
The Garden State is home to six Division I teams. Monmouth,
St. Peter's, and Rider have all had teams that reached
the NCAA tournament. Princeton, Rutgers, and Seton Hall
have all played in the Final Four.
Bradley led Princeton to its first and only
Final Four in 1965. In the third-place game, Bradley
set the NCAA single game scoring record with 58 points.
While at Princeton, Bradley also played for the 1964
gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Coach Pete Carril picked up where Bradley left off. Since 1967,
Princeton has been a team that opponents hate to face. In 1989, Carril's
squad almost pulled off the greatest upset in NCAA tournament history.
The sixteenth-seeded Tigers came within one point of beating number one
seed Georgetown. No sixteen seed has ever defeated a number one. Carril's
career at Princeton had a storybook ending in 1996 when the Tigers upset
defending champion UCLA in the Big Dance.
Hall has regularly made the NCAA tournament in recent years.
In 1989, the Pirates played in the championship game, losing
by only one point in an overtime thriller against Michigan.
The Pirates won the Big East tournament in 1991 and 1993.
Seton Hall made the Sweet 16 in 2000.
had its finest season in 1976 when the Scarlet Knights
were undefeated before falling to Michigan in the national
semifinals. Rutgers was a perennial contender in the Atlantic-10
in the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1996, Rutgers joined the
Big East, one of the toughest conferences in college basketball.
1996, college basketball's biggest event, the Final Four,
was held at the Meadowlands. Kentucky, Syracuse, Mississippi
State, and Massachusetts battled in three exciting games
with Kentucky winning it all.
by point guard Jason Williams, the Duke Blue Devils
won the title at last year's Final Four. A graduate of
St. Joseph's of Metuchen, Williams is a probable future
number one pick in the NBA Draft. Speaking of Duke, Jersey
City's Bobby Hurley led Duke to the first of back-to-back
championships in 1991. The point guard was Most Outstanding
Player of the 1992 Final Four.