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Princeton didn't waste much time putting the NCAA Tournament on Upset Alert by holding tight with fifth-seeded Notre Dame in the first half, trailing the ACC powerhouse by just 36-30 at the break.

Then again, this is what the Tigers do. The Ivy League champions have made a habit out of scaring - and occasionally beating - Goliath.

In 1989 the Tigers nearly became the first No. 16 seed to take down a No. 1 when coach Pete Carril and his undersized squad took mighty Georgetown and twin towers Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo, to the final buzzer in a 50-49 loss.



Seven years later, Princeton sent Carril off with a signature victory for the disheveled godfather of the "Princeton offense," shocking defending national champion UCLA in the first round of the 1996 tournament. The winning play came on a beautiful backdoor cut - of course - that gave the 13th-seeded Tigers a 43-41 stunner.



The current group can play at a little faster pace than Carril's trademark. The Tigers can switch it up depending on the opponent and entered the tournament with a 19-game winning streak.