Line on the Duke Blue Devils vs. Kansas Jayhawks NCAA Championship Game

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Don Shapiro
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The line on the Duke-Kansas game will be Jayhawks -1/-1.5.

Duke got to the Final Four by beating Arkansas 78-69.

The Blue Devils delivered their most complete performance of this NCAA Tournament run.  A.J. Griffin scored 18 points, West Region MVP Paolo Banchero added 16 and and second-seeded Duke (32-6) frustrated fourth-seeded Arkansas (28-9) on the offensive end to get back to the Final Four for the first time since 2015 when they won the Championship.

Retiring Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski had won an astounding 101 of 131 NCAA tournament games ahead of Saturday's first ever Final Four match versus arch rival North Carolina.

"I've been fortunate to be in a lot of these games," Krzyzewski said Thursday. "And I don't think there's an exact formula. You just have to figure out how your team does it in this tournament. And I've enjoyed trying to figure that out with this group."

Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks were heading to the Final Four to face off against Villanova.

This represented the fourth time since Self and Villanova counterpart Jay Wright took over in the early 2000s that they’ve matched wits in the Sweet 16 or beyond, and each time, the winner has gone on to claim the national championship.

Kansas beat Miami in the Elite Eight 76-50.  Ochai Agbaji scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half.  David McCormack opened the half with his own 5-0 run and finished with 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

Remy Martin, the region’s most outstanding player, had nine points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks. Jalen Wilson grabbed 11 boards, making up for a tough shooting day.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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