Arkansas vs. Duke Odds: Opening Betting Lines For Elite Eight Clash

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Trey Wade and Arkansas advance to the Elite Eight, where they’re underdogs vs. Duke, per early betting odds (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Duke is a 3.5- to 4-point favorite over Arkansas in Saturday’s contest at Chase Center in San Francisco, according early Elite Eight odds offered around the betting market.  The first line we saw was Blue Devils -4, posted on Circa Sports’ oddsboard as Duke wrapped up its Sweet 16 win over Texas Tech. Since then, the point spread has toggled between the two numbers, with DraftKings and BetMGM among the shops dealing -3.5 on Friday morning, and BetRivers offering Razorbacks +4.

The total has been bet up at Circa, to 148 from a 147 opener, although we’re seeing numbers as low 146.5 as of this Friday morning update.

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Coach K In Familiar Spot, Arkansas Good Bet As Dog

With a 78-73 win over No. 3 Texas Tech, a contest that tipped off pick ’em, No. 2 Duke reaches the Elite Eight for the 17th time in Mike Krzyzewski’s career. One more win gets Coach K into the Final Four for the 13th time, which would surpass John Wooden for the most in college basketball history.

Paulo Banchero led Duke with 22 points in Thursday’s win over the Red Raiders, and four other Blue Devils scored in double figures.

Earlier in San Francisco, No. 4 Arkansas, a 10-point underdog, knocked off Gonzaga, the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, 74-68 to advance to the West Regional finals. The Razorbacks were led by JD Notae’s 23 points, with Jaylin Williams and Trey Wade contributing 17 and 15, respectively.

This trend may be of interest to underdog bettors: Arkansas (20-11-1 ATS overall) has covered five of six games in which it’s been spotted points on oddsboards this season.

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