Columbia University Basketball Post-Season Records (& Special Games)

Columbia Lions Men's Basketball Post Season Records

  1904  (17-1)
     National Intercollegiate Champions  as picked by the Helms Foundation
       National Champions!

     National Intercollegiate Championship  (challenge)
          [University of Minnesota (W.C.I.A. champs) challenge Columbia to a National Championship series at Minnesota, all expenses paid. Not allowed by faculty, nor would Seniors have participated..]

  1905  (19-1)
     National Intercollegiate Champions  as picked by the Helms Foundation
       National Champions!

  1910  (11-1)
     National Intercollegiate Champions  as picked by the Helms Foundation
       National Champions!


  1930
     Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball Tournament (charity),  at Madison Square Garden
4/2  [Columbia, N.Y.U., Syracuse, St. John's & Columbia invited but rejected offer. Did not occur.]


  1931
     Annual Unemployment Benefit Carnival, at Madison Square Garden
1/19 Columbia 26 - Fordham 18 15,000
          [Not truly a post-season game.] (Other games:St. John's 17 - C.C.N.Y. 9; Manhattan 16 - N.Y.U. 14)


  1931-32
     Annual Unemployment Benefit Carnival, at Madison Square Garden
12/31 Columbia 22 - N.Y.U. 17 14,500
          [Not truly a post-season game.] (Other games:St. John's 16 - Manhattan 6; C.C.N.Y. 23 - Forham 11)

     Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League Play-Off,  at the Palestra, Philadelphia
3/17 Princteon 38 - Columbia 35  6,000


  1933
     Annual Unemployment Benefit Carnival,  at Madison Square Garden
2/22 Columbia 21 - Williams 15 (aft.) 5,000  (4th game of afternoon session)
          [Not truly a post-season game.] (Other games: St. Francis 19 - L.I.U. 10; Brooklyn 41 - Cathedral 18; Manhattan 38 - Villanova 22 )


  1935
     Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League Play-Off,  at the Rutgers Gym, New Brunswick
3/13 Pennsylvania 35 - Columbia 34  3,500


  1938  
     Metropolitan A.A.U. Tournament
       First Round (Semi-final):  at Flatbush Boys Club
2/28 Williamsburg Y.M.H.A. 42 - Columbia Junior Varsity 34


  1945  
     Experimental 3-Point Line Game, at Columbia Gymnasium
2/7 Columbia 73 - Fordham 58  1,000
          [20-foot line•1 pt. for free throw from 15'•2 pts. from 21 ft•12' lanes instead of 6'. Columbia's Norm Skinner 3 threes, Herb Poch 2•John Profant 4 three attempts.]


  1948  (21-3)
     N. C. A. A. Tournament
       Eastern Regional,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round (Semi-final):  [winner in Olympic Trials at MSG]
3/18 Kentucky 76 - Columbia 53  18,477  (2nd g.: Holy Cross 63 - Michigan 45)
       Consolation game:
3/20 Michigan 66 - Columbia 49  18,472  (Reg. final: Kentucky 60 - Holy Cross 52)


  1950
     Columbia Student Development Fund Benefit game,  at Morningside Gym
3/11 Columbia 69 - N.Y.A.C. 55


  1951  (22-1) [includes 31 game winning streak over 2 seasons]
     N. C. A. A.
       Eastern Regional,  at Madison Square Garden
       First Round (¼-final):  [winner in Olympic Trials at MSG]
3/20 Illinois 79 - Columbia 71  17,107  (1st g.- St. John's 63 - Connecticut 52)


  1952
     Exhibition Game
1/7 Columbia 85 - University of Puerto Rico 49


  1955
     Ivy League Title Play-Offs (3-way tie)
       Semi-Final,  at Princeton, N.J., :
3/7 Columbia 72 - Pennsylvania 71
       Final,  at Rutgers, New Brunswick, N.J., :
3/9 Princeton 86 - Columbia 69


  1968
     Ivy League Title Playoff game,  at St. John's Alumni Hall, Jamaica, N.Y.:
3/5  Columbia 92 - Princeton 74  6,005


     N. C. A. A.
       Eastern Regionals
       First Round,  at Cole Field House, College Park, Md.:
3/9  Columbia 83 - La Salle 69  12,890  (2nd g.-Davidson 79 - St. John's 70 )
       Eastern Regional Final Four,  at Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, N.C.
       Regional Semi-final:
3/15 Davidson 61 - Columbia 59 O.T.  12,400  (other g.- North Carolina 91- St. Bonaventure 72)
       Consolation game:
3/16 Columbia 95 - St. Bonaventure 75  12,400  (Reg. final: North Carolina 70 - Davidson 66)


  2014  (20-4)
     C.I.T. (CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament)
       First Round,  at Athletics-Recreation Center, Valaraiso, Indiana:
3/18 Columbia 58 - Valparaiso 56
       Second Round,  at Levien Gymnasium, Columbia:
3/22 Columbia 69 - Eastern Michigan 56
       Quarterfinal,  at Levien Gymnasium, Columbia:
3/26 Yale 72 - Columbia 69


  2016  ()
     C.I.T.
       First Round,  at Levien Gymnasium, Columbia:
3/16 Columbia 86 - Norfolk State 54
       Second Round  :
bye
       Quarterfinal,  at Levien Gymnasium, Columbia:
3/23 Columbia 69 - Ball State 67
       Semifinal,  at Levien Gymnasium, Columbia:
3/27 Columbia 80 - New Jersey Institute of Technology 65
       Championship Game,  at Levien Gymnasium, Columbia:
3/29 Columbia 73 - Cal-Irvine 67
       CIT Champions!

•Also see Columbia-Barnard Women's Basketball Post-Season Records.

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