This past Thursday, the Princeton Tigers took on the Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Ivy League’s representative in the 14th seed proved a formidable opponent, pushing Kentucky to the final seconds when a Wildcat layup clinched a 59-57 victory for the 3rd seeded favorites. The game was reminiscent of 1989 when the 16th seeded Tigers nearly toppled the 1st seeded Georgetown Hoyas before falling 50-49 thanks to an Alonzo Mourning block at the very end. A 16 seed has never beaten a 1 seed in the history of the Men’s NCAA Tournament.
The fact that Princeton made it to the NCAA Tournament will invariably boost their applications for next year’s admissions cycle. But they did exit in the first round so it shouldn’t be as big of a boost as, say, Cornell experienced last year when they advanced to the Sweet 16. It will also be difficult to identify and measure whether Princeton’s reinstatement of an early admissions policy or their NCAA Tournament bid this year will cause the notable rise in applications that we project.
Check out this article in “Bleacher Report”: “Why You Should Root for the Ivy League’s Representative.”
And check out our blogs on College admissions and March Madness and on The Impact of One College’s Final Four Run on their Admissions Statistics.