Tue. Mar 21st, 2023


Following Friday night’s historic upset which saw No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson upset No. 1 Purdue, the madness continued on the very first day of the second round.

A different No. 1 seed was sent packing on Saturday just after No. eight Arkansas stunned leading seed and defending national champion Kansas 72-71 in Des Moines, Iowa.

It is only the third time that numerous No.1 seeds have failed to attain the Sweet 16 given that the NCAA expanded the tournament field in 1985, according to ESPN.

Down 35-27 at the half, the Razorbacks came racing back and took the lead thanks to a Kamani Johnson layup with just below a minute to play. Kansas leveled just 12 seconds later thanks to two Jalen Wilson absolutely free throws to set up a grandstand finale.

But 5 absolutely free throws from Ricky Council IV place the game just beyond Kansas’ attain and Arkansas held on to advance to the school’s third consecutive Sweet 16 look.

Davonte Davis poured in a game-higher 25 points for the Razorbacks, top their second-half comeback, when Council added a further 21.

“It’s incredible seeing all the fans come out,” Davis stated afterwards. “My mom wasn’t even going to come and I told her, I stated, come on down. She drove down. It was like seven hours. She came down, glad she got to encounter this.”

In the chaotic celebrations just after the buzzer, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman removed his shirt and pumped up the Razorback fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Arena.

“That’s such an unbelievable win for our system,” Musselman told the CBS broadcast. “I retain telling people today that we are receiving improved. Not several teams can get improved this time of year. I’ve by no means been prouder of a group like tonight.”

The Jayhawks had been with no their head coach Bill Self who missed each his team’s games at March Madness as he recovers from what the college calls a “recent well being problem.”

The Razorbacks will play the winner of Connecticut and St. Marys on March 23 in Las Vegas.

By Editor