"Being No. 1 is very important to us, and we actually earned it, it wasn't just given to us," Duke senior guard Chris Duhon said Monday. "This team has matured and right now we feel we are the best in the country, but we're not, and know we have a bigger target than usual on our backs."
Duke's first game this season at No. 1 will be Wednesday night at Maryland. The Terrapins beat Duke at home the last two seasons -- and the Blue Devils led the AP poll each time.
"We haven't really played well there the last couple of years, and they knocked us off as No. 1 the last couple of years. So we're excited to go up there and play against them as a No. 1," Duhon said. "And they didn't really see the real Duke last year."