Arkansas is coming off a formidable and commanding win over the pre-tournament favourite Gonzaga Bulldogs, who entered March Insanity as the general No. 1 ranked staff within the nation. They’ll carry that momentum right into a matchup in opposition to Duke, who many wrote off heading into the Huge Dance after some stunning losses.
Elite Eight: No. 2. Duke vs. No. 4. Arkansas
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Duke (-3.5) over Arkansas
Nearly all of Mike Krzyzewski’s 5 nationwide championships — the second-most all-time — have been captured when the Blue Devils weren’t anticipated to win all of it. Undefeated juggernauts joined Duke on the Closing 4 in 1991 (UNLV) and 2015 (Kentucky). In 2010, Krzyzewski’s least-talented title staff was overshadowed by the opposite three No. 1-seeds. When this 12 months’s bracket was unveiled, Duke was tied for the sixth-best odds to win the nationwide title. Now, it’s the co-favorite, in place to ship its coach out on prime like John Wood, whose surprising tenth title run featured quite a few close-calls, like these Blue Devils.
After back-to-back arduous fought wins within the last minutes, Duke’s inexperienced roster has demonstrated a stage of character and clutch play that was justifiably questioned every week in the past. As Paolo Banchero strengthened his case to be the following No. 1-overall choose and Mark Williams made his presence felt in each paints, Duke shot practically 52 % in opposition to the perfect protection within the nation (Texas Tech) and can proceed to make the most of its persistence and measurement benefit in opposition to an overmatched Razorbacks protection, which most lately benefited from Gonzaga’s uncommon off-shooting evening. After all Krzyzewski will attain his record-setting thirteenth Closing 4. How may we be shocked at this level?