The 1966-67 Princeton men’s basketball team was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in February and finished the season No. 5 in the final AP poll. Tiger basketball even made it to the front cover of Sports Illustrated (right) as Princeton bolted to the Top 10 in the national rankings.
Princeton finished 25-3, at the time the most wins in the history of the program. The Tigers’ only regular-season losses came against Louisville in the Quaker City Tournament in Philadelphia and at Cornell in conference play.
The Tigers then won two NCAA tournament games, defeating West Virginia in the first round before beating St. John’s by 20 points in the East consolation after a second-round overtime loss to North Carolina.
Head coach Butch van Breda Kolff, who would leave Princeton after the season to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, led Princeton to wins in its first eight games, with the Tigers twice scoring more than 100 points. After the Louisville defeat, the Tigers would win 12 straight games, in the process setting a team record for largest victory margin with a 74-point win at Dartmouth in January.
A balanced Princeton squad featured three players who averaged 14 points or better, with Joe Heiser leading the way at 15.1, Chris Thomforde scoring 15 per game and John Haarlow chipping in 14.1 points per contest.
Team captain Ed Hummer and current Princeton Director of Athletics Gary Walters rounded out a starting lineup that won 17 games by double-digit scoring margins and scored 90 more more points in nine of its 28 games.