8-seeded Arkansas upsets 1-seeded Kansas to reach Sweet 16

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Arkansas continued their incredible streak of NCAA Tournament success, knocking out top-seeded Kansas 72-71 in a second-round game Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

The 8-seeded Razorbacks qualified for the Sweet 16 with the win. They have reached the Elite Eight in each of the previous two NCAA tournaments.

Davonte Davis led Arkansas with 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and also added seven rebounds.

The Razorbacks also received 21 points from Ricky Council IV, 10 points from Jordan Walsh and 10 rebounds from Kamani Johnson in a total team effort.

Arkansas trailed most of the game, but tied it at 55-all on a Davis jumper with 7:01 left. Davis’ layup at 4:14 tied it again at 61 after Kansas narrowly regained the lead.

He would be tied twice more in the stretch before the Hogs progress for good, with Council IV hitting a key jumper to tie it at 65 with 1:45 left and Johnson scoring on a lay-up that gave them a 67-65 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

These would be the last field goals of the contest, with the teams trading free throws down the stretch before Council IV sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining that gave Arkansas a lead of 72-69.


Arkansas improved to 22-13 overall and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the tournament.

Kansas ends its season with a 28-8 record.

Check back later for the full recap.


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