It was a quick and disappointing stay in the 2013 ACC tournament for the Duke Blue Devils after suffering a quarterfinals upset against the Maryland Terrapins.
While it lessened the superiority of this Duke basketball team heading into the NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils are still considered as one of the best teams in the country.
At the conclusion of Selection Sunday, Duke was tabbed as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region and will meet the No. 15 seed Albany Great Danes out of the America East conference on Friday, March 22. Among the teams standing in the Blue Devils' path to the Final Four are the No. 1 overall seed Louisville Cardinals, the No. 3 seed Michigan State Spartans and the No. 4 seed Saint Louis Billikens.
For Duke to dispatch each and every challenge that comes its way in a truly wide-open tournament, the Blue Devils will need to follow this blueprint to success in order to capture their fifth national championship.