Following Friday night time’s historic upset which noticed No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson upset No. 1 Purdue, the insanity continued on the primary day of the second spherical.
One other No. 1 seed was despatched packing on Saturday after No. 8 Arkansas surprised high seed and defending nationwide champion Kansas 72-71 in Des Moines, Iowa.
It’s only the third time that a number of No.1 seeds have failed to achieve the Candy 16 because the NCAA expanded the match area in 1985, based on ESPN.
Down 35-27 on the half, the Razorbacks got here racing again and took the lead because of a Kamani Johnson layup with just below a minute to play. Kansas leveled simply 12 seconds later thanks to 2 Jalen Wilson free throws to arrange a grandstand finale.
However 5 free throws from Ricky Council IV put the sport simply past Kansas’ attain and Arkansas held on to advance to the college’s third consecutive Candy 16 look.
Davonte Davis poured in a game-high 25 factors for the Razorbacks, main their second-half comeback, whereas Council added one other 21.
“It’s superb seeing all of the followers come out,” Davis mentioned afterwards. “My mother wasn’t even going to return and I advised her, I mentioned, come on down. She drove down. It was like seven hours. She got here down, glad she bought to expertise this.”
Within the chaotic celebrations after the buzzer, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman eliminated his shirt and pumped up the Razorback followers in attendance on the Wells Fargo Enviornment.
“That’s such an unbelievable win for our program,” Musselman advised the CBS broadcast. “I hold telling those who we’re getting higher. Not many groups can get higher this time of yr. I’ve by no means been prouder of a crew like tonight.”
The Jayhawks had been with out their head coach Invoice Self who missed each his crew’s video games at March Insanity as he recovers from what the college calls a “current well being difficulty.”
The Razorbacks will play the winner of Connecticut and St. Marys on March 23 in Las Vegas.