Arkansas pulled off an impressive and comfortable win over pre-tournament favorites the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who entered March Madness as the top team in the country. They’ll take that momentum into a matchup against Duke, which many wrote off after a few surprise losses en route to the big dance.
Elite Eight: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 4 Arkansas
game time: 8:49 p.m. EST
Live broadcast: CBS Sports App, fuboTV, Sling, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV
Duke (-3.5) over Arkansas
Most of Mike Krzyzewski’s five national championships – the second most of all time – were won when the Blue Devils were not expected to win it all. Undefeated juggernauts joined Duke in the Final Four in 1991 (UNLV) and 2015 (Kentucky). In 2010, Krzyzewski’s least talented title team was overshadowed by the other three No. 1 seeds. When this year’s bracket was unveiled, Duke had the sixth-best odds of winning the national title. Now it’s the co-favourite, capable of sending his trainer up front like John Wooden, whose unexpected 10th title run included numerous close encounters like these Blue Devils.
After back-to-back hard-fought wins in the last few minutes, Duke’s inexperienced squad has displayed a level of character and clutch play that was rightly called into question a week ago. As Paolo Banchero confirmed his case as the next No. 1 overall pick and Mark Williams made his presence felt in both colors, Duke shot nearly 52 percent against the nation’s best defense (Texas Tech) and will continue to use his patience and scale advantage against an overwhelmed defense of the Razorbacks, who recently benefited from Gonzaga’s rare off-shooting night. Of course, Krzyzewski will make his record-breaking 13th Final Four. How could we be surprised at this point?
https://nypost.com/2022/03/26/duke-vs-arkansas-odds-prediction-coach-k-isnt-done-yet/ Coach K is not ready yet