Duke basketball: Takeaways from beatdown against Arkansas

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The Duke basketball team is off to the Final Four with a victory over Arkansas. 

Another trip to the Final Four has been booked for the Duke basketball team after its Elite Eight victory over Arkansas on Saturday night in San Francisco, 78-69.

The Blue Devils controlled things early on and dropped an exclamation point at the end of the first half with an 8-0 run to lead, 45-33.

The final margin was not indicative of how much Duke dominated the Razorbacks after Arkansas ended the game on a 10-2 run with the outcome already decided.

Next Saturday night will be the 17th Final Four for the program and the 13th appearance in the national semifinals under the legendary career of Mike Krzyzewski.

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Duke shot a scorching 54.7-percent from the field and 40.0-percent (4-for-10) from 3-point range.

The Blue Devils were also 88.9-percent from the charity stripe and kept the Razorbacks off the free throw line, only letting their opponents have 11 chances on the evening.

The rebounding numbers were shifted heavily in favor of Duke, 34-25, but the one area of the game in which Arkansas took advantage was the turnover category as the Razorbacks turned 14 turnovers into 21 points.

Duke basketball looking to send head coach out in style

The career of Mike Krzyzewski has been extended at least another week as the Blue Devils are looking to send their head coach off into the sunset with his sixth National Championship.

Krzyzewski made the announcement at the beginning of the season that he will be retiring following the final game this team plays, and things did not look overly promising for Duke after the regular season.

Duke fell to North Carolina in the regular season finale and did not look impressive in the ACC Tournament, in which it eventually fell to Virginia Tech in the championship game.

The Blue Devils had several key takeaways from their victory over Arkansas that will catapult them into the Final Four.