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Arkansas vs Duke Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Arkansas Enjoying Another March Madness Run

Duke Is Not Ready To Let Coach K Retire

It’s not quite a Cinderalla story since Duke entered the March Madness bracket as one of the contenders but it would make for quite the story if the Blue Devils send retiring coach Mike Krzyzewski out with his sixth national title.

One concern for the Blue Devils is that they are -36 in turnover margin in their last four losses and will face an Arkansas team on Saturday that thrives on disrupting opponents with aggressive ball pressure.

Arkansas vs Duke Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions
Arkansas vs Duke Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks & Predictions

Arkansas is carrying the banner for what was otherwise a forgettable showing for SEC teams with Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee being eliminated while each of them was favored in the March Madness odds by at least 6/5 points.

Duke (+400) has the second-best odds to win the national championship. Arkansas checks in at +1200.

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Arkansas Turns Up the Pressure

There were times in Thursday’s March Madness showdown with pre-tournament favorite Gonzaga when it seemed as if Nolan Richardson’s “40 Minutes of Hell” system, which led Arkansas to the 1994 national title, was alive and well.

Arkansas was pressuring and harassing the Zags on every possession. While the 15 Gonzaga turnovers and six steals by Arkansas may not sound like much, the Razorbacks were able to speed up the game and get Gonzaga to rush its shots.

Gonzaga missed 16-of-21 3-pointers and shot 37.5% from the field to come up short yet again in its quest to win the national title as Arkansas defied March Madness predictions.

Arkansas, which lost by 18 points to unranked Texas A&M in the semifinals of the SEC tournament, moves onto the West Regional final.

JD Notae had three of the Razorbacks’ six steals and his 21 points led three starters in double figures in a 74-68 upset win. He did, however, only hit 9-of-29 shots.

Jaylin Williams and Trey Wade combined for 30 points and 19 rebounds as Arkansas is 6-1 in the NCAA tournament over the last two seasons after managing a total of five wins in the NCAA tournament in the last 18 tourneys.

Arkansas is 12-4-1 against the Las Vegas odds in its last 17 games.

Duke Rallies

Mike Krzyzewski received so many presents from rival coaches during his final season at the helm of the Duke men’s basketball program but it is his players who are on the verge of giving him the best gift yet – a trip to the Final Four.

Duke overcame an early eight-point deficit and shot 71% in the second half against one of the nation’s best teams to move a win away from Coach K’s 13th trip to the Final Four but first since 2015.

Mark Williams had 12 points in the second half, Paolo Banchero and Jeremy Roach had 11 points each after halftime and added five assists and three steals between them in a 78-73 win over Texas Tech. The Red Raiders shot 48% from the field and committed only three turnovers in the second half. On most nights that would have been enough to build on a four-point halftime lead. Duke made its final eight shots including Banchero’s 3-pointer with 2:55 left to play that gave the Blue Devils the lead for good.

The college basketball spreads total has gone over in eight of Duke’s last nine games.

Arkansas vs Duke Head-to-Head

Arkansas and Duke are set to meet for the fourth time, although the previous results and trends won’t be of much assistance to those who bet online since the most recent matchup came in the 1994 national championship game won by Arkansas 76-72.

Duke won 97-83 in the 1990 NCAA Final Four while Arkansas was a 10-point winner in a regular-season game on November 21, 1990.

Something to consider for those who bet online, Duke is 5-3 in regional finals since 1999 but has dropped three of the last four. The Blue Devils have only covered in three of those eight matchups.

Arkansas vs Duke Game Information

  • Game: Arkansas (28-8) vs. Duke (31-6)
  • Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, California
  • Day/Time: Saturday, March 26th, 8:49 p.m. ET
  • Live stream: TBS.com
  • 2022 March Madness bracket

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Arkansas vs Duke Prediction

Duke was able to shoot its way out of a first-half deficit against Texas Tech but that might be hard to repeat that feat against an Arkansas team that has proven to be able to disrupt the best shooting teams.

Duke has made 16 more foul shots than its opponents in three NCAA tournament games but Arkansas has made 20 more free throws than its opponents so the Blue Devils might not be able to rely on regular trips to the line.

The 147-point total is on the high side and a sign to those who bet online that this could be more about who makes the most shots than what the defenses are able to get done.

Pick: Duke -175

Pick: Arkansas +4 (-110)

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