Arkansas returns to March Madness
Posted Sunday, March 15, 2015, at 6:32 PM
Photo: USA Today
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Let's dance! After a six-year absence, Arkansas (26-8) returns to the NCAA Tournament. The Hogs are the No. 5 seed in the West Region and will play the No. 12 seed Wofford Terriers on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida. Tip: TBA T.V. TBA.
Wofford won the Southern Conference Championship to win an automatic bid to March Madness. The Terriers defeated N.C. State earlier this season.
The Hogs lost to the eventual National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tourney. The Razorbacks did defeat Indiana and Eric Gordon that same year in the first round.
This is the highest seed the Hogs have received since the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Seniors Kareem Reid, Pat Bradley and Derek Hood led No. 4 Arkansas that season. They made quick work of No. 13 Siena in the first round, but were defeated by No. 5 Iowa in the second round.
There were only two glaring losses on the Hogs schedule this year that left fans scratching their heads: two home losses to Ole Miss and LSU. However, both those teams made the tourney and both nearly defeated the Kentucky Wildcats this season.
And two of the Razorbacks eight losses came to No. 1 Kentucky, which is undefeated and the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament this year.
Here's how the bracket looks in the West Region:
No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina
No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State
No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 12 Wofford
No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 13 Harvard
No. 6 Xavier vs. the winner of the play-in game between No. 11 Ole Miss and BYU
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Georgia State
No. 7 VCU vs. No. 10 Ohio State
No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Texas Southern