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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Princeton gearing up for No. 1 Duke

Princeton's season-opening 78-73 win over Rutgers was an impressive first step -- a game in which the Tigers followed through when many predicted they would win against a team that has owned them in the recent past.

Sunday, it gets a whole lot harder.

The Tigers, preseason favorites to win the Ivy League, will get the biggest test imaginable when they play No. 1 Duke in front of a hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd.

The Blue Devils, the consensus favorite to repeat as national champions, are playing their opener -- a scene that could cause many opponents to become unraveled.

But the Tigers are talented, experienced and smart -- the hallmarks of successful Princeton teams of the past. Coach Sydney Johnson said he's confident his team can maintain its composure.

“I just think we’re trying to play to our strengths," Johnson said. "Are we going to run and gun with Duke? Probably not, but there are certain opportunities when we’re going to go. It is a point of emphasis and we’re not going to get crazy with it, but I think we can score points. We have talent, but we still have to defend. Rutgers field goal percentage was a little too high, so we have to fix that.”

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