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"One of the first things that we talked about was their win over Hopkins last year," Tillman said during his weekly conference call Tuesday. "We talked about how Hopkins went into the game having a good year, yet Navy played their best game and was very inspired. They played hard and got a big win against a rival. That was late in the year for them. So that's something that we've got to realize who we're going up against. These kids are taught to fight until the end, and these guys are wired to make sure that they give maximum effort. There is no quit in these guys. If you think any Midshipman is going to roll over, you don't understand what those kids are taught there."
Upsets are becoming commonplace in Division I. Last weekend alone, St. John's upended then-No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 17 Penn State surprised No. 6 Bucknell, No. 15 Loyola knocked off No. 8 Ohio State, No. 18 Yale defeated No. 9 Penn, Army shocked No. 16 Colgate, and Towson beat No. 19 Hofstra.
Tillman said the topsy-turvy nature of the sport has forced the coaches to spend time discussing the significance of remaining focused.