At the conclusion of the 32 second-round games in the 2013 NCAA tournament, there are plenty of appealing third-round matchups to anticipate. Near the top of the list, though, comes from the Midwest Region, which features the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils facing the No. 7 seed Creighton Bluejays.
It was likely that these two schools would cross paths once the tournament bracket was released on Selection Sunday.
Duke opened the tournament with a 73-61 victory over the Albany Great Danes. While tested, the Blue Devils led for the entirety of the game as seniors Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee combined for 49 points in the win.
Creighton survived in its opening-round game against the Cincinnati Bearcats, as the Bluejays were led by 27 points and 11 rebounds from their sensational junior Doug McDermott in a 67-63 triumph.
Fittingly enough, Creighton has a rare chance to erase the memory from a year, which saw them get knocked out of last year's NCAA tournament in the third-round against a team that Duke is extremely familiar with, arch-rival and fellow ACC member North Carolina.
In order to prevent the Bluejays from pulling off the upset, here are the five most essential keys for Mike Krzyzewski's Duke basketball team to continue its winning ways and advance into the Sweet 16 for the 27th time in school history.