Arkansas stuns defending champ Kansas to move to Sweet 16
There will be no recurring champions in March Madness.
The top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks head home after being upset by No. 8 Arkansas, 72-71, in the second round.
Kansas led by no less than 12 points, but Arkansas responded with an 18-5 run to take a one-point lead, its first since going 2-0.
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The two teams traded buckets with neither team able to increase their lead more than four points for several minutes.
The game was tied at 65 with 1:07 to go with the ball in possession for the Razorbacks, and a tip gave them a two-point lead. The Jayhawks fouled in the double bonus, however, and Jalen Wilson did both with 39 seconds left to tie the game again.
Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV fouls with 23.7 to go, but he only fouls one out of two. However, Arkansas got the offensive board and the Board again went to the line after a shooting foul. With 20.4 to play, he hit both free throws to make it a three-point game.
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Kansas called its final timeout with 16.1 seconds left, and it went for a layup, and a foul was called. Wilson made two free throws to cut his deficit to one, but Kansas had to foul the board and fire him a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds left.
The Council hit both shots and a blocking foul put Kansas back on the line. Wilson made the first, and he tried to miss the second but took it. Arkansas managed to keep the ball away for the final three seconds to win and advance.
Arkansas’ Davonte Davis finished with 25 points, including 21 in the second half.
Arkansas will face the winner of the game between No. 4 UConn and No. 5 St. Mary’s.
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Half of the tournament’s No. 1 seeds are now eliminated after No. 1 Purdue lost the biggest upset in tournament history to No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday.