The AP Top 25 is far from stable at this early stage of the conference schedule, but the serious Final Four contenders are starting to identify themselves. Of course, recent NCAA tournaments have proved that even a team that doesn't look like much going into March can still find itself in the Final Four. That being the case, even the lower-tier teams in the national rankings have reason to consider what it will take to survive in March Madness.
For top-ranked Duke, of course, the plan starts with Player of the Year frontrunner Mason Plumlee. Even with Plumlee piling up points on the low block, though, Coach K's Blue Devils will need to get key contributions from some of their other stars to stay on track for a national title shot.
Read on for more on what Duke (and the rest of this week's ranked teams in the AP poll) needs to do to punch its ticket for Atlanta.