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RALEIGH, N.C. -- There's only one way for

and Rodney Hood to hang a banner in the Cameron Indoor Stadium rafters in their first - and maybe only - season playing together for Duke.

Lead the Blue Devils to a national title. A handful of clunkers kept them from winning either the ACC's regular-season or tournament championship. They know they can't afford any more - and it starts with their NCAA tournament opener against 14th-seeded Mercer. No. 3 seed Duke (26-8) takes on the Atlantic Sun champion Bears (26-8) on Friday in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

Hood says the Blue Devils have a sense of urgency and that "we're treating it like our last game, because if we lose, it is."

You can watch Duke take on Mercer on WFMY News 2 at 12:15 p.m. on Friday March 21, 2014.

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