2022 NCAA Tournament Thursday Sweet 16 betting trends: Bettors backing Duke over Texas Tech, mixed on Arkansas-Gonzaga; hitting over totals every game

Here are the current betting trends for tonight's Sweet 16 games at Caesars Sportsbook.
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Will tonight be the final game in the Hall of Fame coaching career of Duke's Mike Krzyzewski? Caesars Sportsbooks oddsmakers think so as the No. 2 Blue Devils are 1-point underdogs against No. 3 Texas Tech in West Region action from San Francisco – CBS has the telecast at around 9:40 p.m. However, bettors at Caesars Sportsbook are quite heavy on Duke, although that's not a big surprise. In three of the four games tonight, one team is taking a solid lean on the spread except for in Arkansas-Gonzaga. Bettors are loving Over the total in all four.

Coach K won his 1,200th career game in the Round 2 comeback victory over Michigan State and he's one win shy of 100 in his NCAA Tournament career – both those numbers are by far the most all-time. There is good injury news for Duke in that freshman AJ Griffin will play. He left in the second half vs. Sparty with an ankle injury. Griffin is averaging 10.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and is Duke's most proficient three-point shooter, making 46 percent of his attempts (66-for 145).

Duke is the most "public" team in college basketball and the Blue Devils are taking 68 percent of money on the spread and 64 percent of tickets tonight. On the moneyline, Duke is getting 80 percent of money and 72 percent of tickets. Frankly, it wouldn't surprise if Duke is favored by tipoff. On the total of 137, about 78 percent of money and tickets are on the Over even though Texas Tech is No. 1 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency.

The first tip of the night at 7:10 p.m. ET also from the West Region and San Francisco is No. 4 Arkansas, the only SEC team left, vs. No. 1 Gonzaga, which opened at -8.5 but is now -9.5 at Caesars – a few books have the Zags up to 10. Bettors are split here with 59 percent of tickets on the Hogs ATS, but 56 percent of money on the tournament favorites. Gonzaga is taking 84 percent of tickets and 77 percent on the big moneyline. On the total of 155, there's a double-lean to the Over but not hugely so.

The first South Region game from San Antonio is No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 2 Villanova, which is -5. Sixty-seven percent of money is on the Wildcats and 55 percent of tickets – they are also taking a double-lean on the moneyline. On the total of 134.5, the lean is heavy on the Over. Michigan point guard DeVante' Jones will play. He missed Round 1 with a concussion and didn't play much in Round 2.

The night concludes with No. 5 Houston vs. No. 1 Arizona from the South with the Cats at -1.5. Sixty-eight percent of tickets and 61 percent of money are on Arizona and also a solid UA lean on the moneyline. On the total of 145.5, the double-lean is on the Over.

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