Duke won't get caught looking ahead in this NCAA tournament.
Nobody's talking about a possible matchup with Michigan State, or a rematch with Louisville, or a return to Indianapolis - where these seniors won a national championship as freshmen.
These Blue Devils understand they won't get there if they don't take care of Albany first.
Second-seeded Duke (27-5) opens Friday against the 15th-seeded Great Danes (24-10) in the Midwest Regional.
The Blue Devils have lost their last three postseason games. That includes last year's NCAA shocker against Lehigh - another No. 15 seed - and an upset against Maryland at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday he'll remind his players of last year's loss "but you don't belabor it" because he wants them "in this moment."
No. 8 Duke vs. No. 9 Albany
Date: Friday, March 22, 12:15 p.m.
Records: Duke 27-5, Albany 24-10
Albany coach: Will Brown has lead the Great Danes since 2002 winning three America East Conference titles and has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Albany key players: Senior Mike Black leads Albany averaging 14.9 points a game. Senior guard Jacob Iati averages 12.1 points a game.
NCAA Tournament in 2012: Duke lost to Lehigh in the
opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Albany lost to Manhattan in
the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.