The Elite Eight has finally been put in place, with a handful of teams surprisingly making their way through. One tough matchup that many have predicted would play is finally happening.
The fourth seed Arkansas Razorbacks, take on the two seeded Duke Blue Devils. This matchup will be close but check out below to see who might have the edge in the game so you can bet against their March Madness Odds.
March Madness Elite 8 Round Betting Analysis: #4 Arkansas vs #2 Duke Preview
Arkansas Razorbacks (28-8)
The Razorbacks began the season 0-3 and have not looked back at that rough stretch. Then they went on to win 14 out of 15 conference games.
Arkansas has averaged 76.1 points per game and allowed 62.3. This point differential has been great all season, especially taking care of some of the better teams in the SEC.
Their main priority has been crashing the defensive boards and running the fast break. Most teams have struggled to keep up with them, allowing them to force turnovers and make a break for the basket.
Their win against Gonzaga was proof that they are in the tournament to win it. JD Notae has been great, too, averaging 18.5 points per game and had 21 against the Zags.
Duke Blue Devils (31-6)
The Blue Devils are coming off of an excellent showdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. As a result, they proved that they are the best ACC team despite not having a number one seed.
They are averaging 80.2 points per game and allowing 70. Even when they faced one of the most suffocating defenses in the country from TTU, they still scored 78 points.
Duke has five weapons on the floor at all times, with star leadership from Paolo Banchero. He has averaged 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in the regular season.
Wendell Moore Jr. has been another threat on the Blue Devils squad, averaging 13.1 points per game. In addition, double-digit scoring efforts have come from Trevor Keels, Mark Williams, and AJ Griffin. Jeremy Roach had a breakout game against TTU, applying smothering guard defense and make key shots down the stretch.
Odds for Razorbacks vs Blue Devils
The market has this game coming in fairly close, potentially down to the last few minutes. For the spread, here is what is available:
*odds are subject to changes
Potential Winning Pick
Duke and Arkansas is arguably going to be one of the flashier games of the tournament. Both teams like to run on fast break and score near the 80 point mark.
Arkansas has shown some weakness in their supporting cast that could hurt him late in the game. In addition, if JD Notae has a bad game, then this one is over.
For Duke, they have weapons all over and guys that can step up in key moments of each game. In every game so far in this tournament for the Blue Devils, the team has shown character and been able to overcome challenges.
Betting Pick: Duke -4