Columbia Lions men's basketball

The Columbia Lions basketball team is the basketball team that represents Columbia University in New York City. The school's team currently competes in the Ivy League. The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 1968. The Lions are led by head coach Jim Engles. Their home games are held in the Levien Gymnasium.

Columbia Lions
2021–22 Columbia Lions men's basketball team
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UniversityColumbia University
Head coachJim Engles (4th season)
ConferenceIvy League
ArenaLevien Gymnasium
(Capacity: 2,500)
ColorsColumbia blue and white[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions
1904, 1905
Pre-tournament Helms Champions
1904, 1905, 1910
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1951, 1968
NCAA Tournament Second round
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1948, 1951, 1968
Conference regular season champions
1904, 1905, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1968

Columbia began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1901. The Lions were retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament 1904 and 1905 national champions by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll, and as the 1904, 1905, and 1910 national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation.[2]

Postseason resultsEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The Lions have appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times. Their combined record is 2–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1948 Regional Semifinal
Third Place Game
L 53–76
L 49–66
1951 First Round Illinois L 71–79
1968 First Round
Regional Semifinal
Third Place Game
La Salle
St. Bonaventure
W 83–69
L 59–61
W 95–75

CIT resultsEdit

The Lions have appeared in two Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their combined record is 6–1. They were CIT champions in 2016.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round
Second Round
Eastern Michigan
W 58–56
W 69–56
L 69–72
2016 First Round
Championship Game
Norfolk State
Ball State
UC Irvine
W 86–54
W 69–67
W 80–65
W 73–67

Lions in international leaguesEdit


  1. ^ Columbia University Brand Guide (PDF). December 1, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  2. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. pp. 530–31. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.

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