Duke knocks Arkansas out of NCAA Tournament with 79-68 win
Arkansas found out why Duke is considered one of the best teams left in the NCAA Tournament.
SAN FRANCISCO — Arkansas’ run in the Elite Eight came to an end on Saturday night at Chase Center in a 78-69 loss to a hot-shooting Duke.
The two teams opened the game by trading baskets and the game remained tight until an 8-0 Duke run midway through the half.
Jaylin Williams’ layup snapped the run but the Blue Devils maintained a lead the remainder of the half.
Duke fully swung the momentum their way to end the first half when Trevor Keels nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to finish another 8-0 run for the Blue Devils.
Duke made four of their final five shots of the half while holding Arkansas scoreless over the final 2:14 on 0-of-5 shooting.
The Razorbacks’ resiliency showed up in the second half.
A 9-2 Arkansas run cut the Blue Devils’ lead to five with 13:19 remaining but the Blue Devils rattled off the game’s next 10 points to establish a 15-point lead with 10:18 left. Duke held off the Hogs down the stretch to advance to the Final Four.
Duke shot 55% for the game and dominated the game from the inside, outscoring Arkansas 46-34 in the paint.
Williams led three Arkansas players to reach double digits in the game with 19 points along with 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season. JD Notae and Stanley Umude each added 14 points with Notae adding four assists.
Notae and Williams were named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team.
Paulo Banchero led the Blue Devils with 16 points to go along with Mark Williams 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Arkansas ends the season 28-9 overall.