Arkansas stuns Kansas to reach Sweet Sixteen

Kansas’ national title defense ended Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament when Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV made five free throws in the final seconds and the eighth-seeded Razorbacks beat the lead seeded No. 1 Jayhawks 72-71.

Davonte Davis scored 25 points and the Board added 21 as Arkansas recovered from a 12-point second-half deficit. Kansas, playing without ailing coach Bill Self, became the second seed not to escape the tournament’s first weekend after Purdue lost Friday night to No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson.

Arkansas shocked Kansas in a close game to clinch their ticket to the Sweet Sixteen.
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Kevin McCullar Jr. #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second half of the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 18, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Jayhawks’ dreams of being back-to-back champions have been subdued by the Razorbacks.
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Arkansas and coach Eric Musselman return to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year. The Razorbacks will face Saint Mary’s or UConn in the West Region semifinals in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Musselman and his players rushed to a second of fans sitting pitchside after the final buzzer. Musselman ripped off his polo shirt, waved it above his head and shouted in delight.


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