Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, in the United States of America. It is one of the eight Ivy League universities.
Originally founded at Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1746 as “the College of New Jersey”, it relocated to Princeton in 1756 and was renamed “Princeton University” in 1896. Princeton was the fourth institution of higher education in the U.S. to conduct classes, and Princeton says it was "the fourth college to be established in British North America."
Princeton's basketball team is perhaps the best-known team within the Ivy League, nicknamed the "perennial giant killer" which it acquired during Pete Carril's coaching career from 1967-1996. Its most notable upset was the defeat of defending NCAA basketball champion, UCLA, in its opening round and Carril's final collegiate victory in that season's collegiate basketball playoffs. During that 29 year span, Pete Carril won 13 Ivy League championships and received 11 NCAA berths and 2 NIT bids. Princeton won the NIT championship in 1975. A legacy of his coaching career is the deliberate "Princeton offense" employed by a number of other collegiate basketball teams, including Georgetown in their Final Four appearance.
From 1992-2001, a nine year span, Princeton's men's basketball team had entered the NCAA tournament 6 times—from a conference that has never had an at-large entry in the NCAA tournament. For the last half-century, Princeton and Penn have traditionally battled for men's basketball dominance in the Ivy League; Princeton had its first losing season in 50 years of Ivy League basketball in 2005. Princeton tied the record for fewest points in a Division I game since the 3-point line started in 1986-87 when they scored 21 points in a loss against Monmouth University on December 14, 2005.