Arkansas vs. Baylor 2021 March Madness Odds and Preview — Elite Eight

Two of the top dogs in college basketball are about to face off in the Elite Eight stage of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, with the No. 1 seed Baylor Bears and No. 3 seed Arkansas Razorbacks on a collision course.

This will be the first time these two programs will square off in the Elite Eight in 30 years. But before getting here, they had to pull off comeback wins against their Sweet 16 opponents. Arkansas barely escaped the challenge of the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in a 72-70 win, while Baylor defeated the Villanova Wildcats n 62-51.

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Arkansas vs. Baylor Game Information

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Why Bet on the Arkansas Razorbacks?

Even though Arkansas shows lapses from time to time, the Razorbacks can still put together a great game. The Razorbacks eliminated Oral Roberts out of the tournament despite shooting only 37.7 percent from the field.

More than that, they made only one shot beyond the arc in nine attempts, telling us that they compensated bad shooting with quality defense. They collected rebounds and made it difficult for the Golden Eagles to hit outside shots.

Coming into this Elite Eight game, expect Moses Moody to shine with his 17.1 ppg average and with better 3-point shooting. If the guard can’t heat up in the fourth round, role players Justin Smith and Jalen Tate will have to step up and outgun Baylor’s key players.

Why Bet on the Baylor Bears?

Another team that can offset poor offense is Baylor. The Bears fared well against Villanova despite of poor outside shooting, hitting only 3 of 19 attempts from deep. What brought them the win was exceptional defense, limiting Villanova to only three 3-pointers in 17 attempts. Since the Wildcats heavily rely on outside shooting, Baylor knew what it had to do coming into the game.

Baylor forced turnovers left and right, taking the ball out of the Wildcats’ hands 16 times as well as capitalizing on extra chances. The Bears recorded 13 more shots, which put them well ahead of Villanova.

If they can apply the same tactics come the game, they have better chances of moving onto the NCAA Tournament semi-finals. Once Jared Butler gets back on track with his scoring, along with MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell, expect a tight game on Monday.

Arkansas vs. Baylor Betting Trends

  • Arkansas is 9-1 in its last 10 games.
  • Arkansas is 7-3 against the spread in its last 10 games
  • The totals have gone under in 5 of Arkansas’ last 5 games.
  • Baylor is 8-2 in its last 10 games.
  • Baylor is 4-6 against the spread in its last 10 games.
  • The totals have gone over 7 times in Baylor’s last 10 games.

Arkansas vs. Baylor Expert Betting Predictions

Arkansas had to get through tougher times coming into the NCAA Tournament, while Baylor experienced a smoother sailing journey towards the Elite Eight. Nonetheless, we can anticipate a fast-paced shootout between both teams. Watch these two trade outside shots and up-and-down action.

Baylor has secured three double-digit wins, and Arkansas might just be the team to hold them off to single digits to cover the spread, or even surprise us with a win. But, with Baylor looking strong and steady, it’s going to be tough for Arkansas to penetrate their defense.

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