Princeton players and Coach Sydney Johnson cited experience as a tool to use against Kentucky’s greater athleticism and skill.
“We’re going to have to draw on our experience,” senior forward Kareem Maddox said on Wednesday. “. . . I guess they are young. I don’t know how much that will be factor.”
Teammate Dan Mavraides, also a senior, noted experience as a possible factor.
“We’re a little bit older team,” he said. “Their star players are younger. Who knows if that will be a factor?”
Princeton has no experience in the NCAA Tournament. This will be the program’s first appearance since 2004. But Johnson said he had faith that Princeton will be distracted by the setting.
“I’d be a strange thing to see our team nervous or not composed because that’s just not who we are,” the Princeton coach said.
Johnson conceded that Kentucky had a higher level of talent.
“There are certain ways to play up to that, certain ways to neutralize it,” Johnson said. “You can’t turn the ball over. You have to shoot at a high clip. If we limit the number of possessions and we shoot well, some of the athleticism is neutralized.”