On Friday, Duke opens up the 2014 NCAA tournament against Mercer, the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and conference tournament champions. The Atlantic Sun is the conference that gave us last year's NCAA tournament surprise: the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.
Could the Bears go on a similar miracle run like FGCU did last year? We will find out today.
The Blue Devils definitely do not want to be the team that launches that type of history, though.
Lets look at five challenges that Duke faces as they get set to play the Mercer Bears.
Unless otherwise noted, stats and player information courtesy of ESPN.com