Arkansas advance! They will face a number one seed for the third straight NCAA tournament; Kansas is on the menu this time.
This will be only the 14th time that Kansas and Arkansas have met despite the proximity between the two schools. The last time they played was in 2005, when Arkansas got the win.
Prior to 2005, the two met in the 1991 Elite 8, Arkansas, playing as the second seed.
The Hogs look to defeat their second #1 seed in three seasons. In 2022 Arkansas defeated Gonzaga in the sweet sixteen before losing in the Elite 8. In 2021 they lost to Baylor who went on to win the National Championship.
In another article, I pointed out how the Razorbacks need a convincing win over Illinois to gain momentum for Kansas. Well, step one is complete; be sure to stay tuned to see the Hogs complete step two: beating Kansas.
How to watch, stream the second round of the NCAA Tournament: Arkansas vs. Kansas
March 16, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Jordan Walsh (13) strips the ball from Illinois Fighting Illini forward Coleman Hawkins (33) during the first half at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Key Arkansas Players
March 16, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks guard Davonte Davis (4) reacts after a play against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Guard – Ricky Tip: 16 PPG, 1.2 SPG
Guard – Anthony Black: 12.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 4.1 APG, 2.0 SPG
Guard – Nick Smith Jr.: 13.5 PPG
Guard – Devo Davis: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals vs. #9 Illinois
Key Illinois Players
Kansas’ Gradey Dick drives to the hoop during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament first round game between Kansas and Howard, Thursday, March 16, 2023, at Wells Fargo Arena, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Guard – Gradey Dick: 14.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 SPG
Forward – Jalen Wilson: 20.1 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.2 APG
Guard – Kevin McCullar Jr: 10.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 2 SPG
Arkansas Head Coach: Eric Musselman
March 16, 2023; Des Moines, IA, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman looks on against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half at Wells Fargo Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Fourth season at Arkansas: 94-40 (43-30 in SEC)
Three NCAA tournaments in Arkansas: 2021, 2022, 2023
Two Elite Eights in Arkansas: 2021, 2022
Kansas head coach: Bill Self
February 28, 2023; Lawrence, Kansas, United States; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self speaks during senior day after victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire