And while the luster of being the nation's top team settles in on this group of Blue Devils, so does the realization of having quite a large target on their backs - something head coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged after Saturday's victory over the Terrapins.
"It's the first time for this group," Krzyzewski said. "We talked about it last week – just don't worry about anything, let's just play, and it's the same thing we'll tell them going into this next week. It's an honor and it says that you're playing real well. You don't get anything from it except a big headline when you lose. For now, it's cool, and someone can say we're No. 1 for a little bit, it's a big thing."
The first big test and potential for that headline comes Wednesday when Duke will travel to Winston Salem to face No. 4 Wake Forest.