Duke is poised to kick off the 2010 season in just a few weeks.
The expectations have never been higher, as many NBA scouts, college basketball experts and fans are proclaiming the Blue Devils the odds-on favorite to repeat as national champions.
The problem with that is that predictions are just that. There are no assurances that the team will win it all again.
Mike Krzyzewski is treating this team like a brand-new one and not a team actually defending a title, because this team, he feels, didn't win a title last year.
So how can this team prepare for what lies ahead? For starters, they can look back in time at a few previous Duke teams for inspiration. They can take away lessons in just how difficult expectations and a repeat can be and what it takes to be a champion.