March Madness betting players are getting ready for the Sweet 16 as the NCAA Tournament is coming off one of the craziest opening weekends in recent memory, but we’re sure that it’s only going to continue on Thursday as Arizona takes on Duke in the West region in Anaheim.
Arizona Duke Betting – Thursday, 9:45 PM ET
The top-seeded Blue Devils were given all they could handle and more by a young and scrappy Michigan squad in a 73-71 win, powered by Nolan Smith’s 24 points. While all of the attention surrounded the returning Kyrie Irving, who had 11 points, but coach Mike Krzyzewski knows who got him to this point while Irving has been injured most of the season with an ailing toe. Smith is one of the three favorites for national Player of the Year, along with BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Connecticut’s Kemba Walker, and once again, he came up big when it counted for Duke, who also did a good job defensively by holding Michigan’s three-point gunners to 7-of-21 from behind the line.
We think this will end up in a Duke win, but we’re betting on Arizona to push the Blue Devils. North Carolina and Florida State showed that Duke can be handled in the paint if you’re physical, and the Wildcats have the size to do this with Williams and Hill. The Blue Devils have a big edge on the perimeter with Smith, Irving and Seth Curry, but the Wildcats will keep it close with their inside advantage, so take Arizona to cover the sports betting spread.