There will be no repeat champion in March Madness.
The top seeded Kansas Jayhawks are heading home after being upset by No. 8 Arkansas (72-71) in the second round.
Kansas led by as much as 12 points, but Arkansas responded with an 18-5 run to take a one-point lead, their first since going 2-0.
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Both teams traded buckets, with neither team able to extend their lead by more than four points for minutes.
The game was tied 1:07 at 65, with the ball in possession of the Razorbacks, and a tip-in gave them a two-point lead. However, the Jayhawks conceded a foul in the double bonus and Jalen Wilson made both free throws with 39 seconds left to equalize.
Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV drew a foul with 23.7 left, but he took just one of two foul shots. However, Arkansas got the offensive board on the missed second shot, and Council went on the line again after a shooting foul. With 20.4 seconds left, he drilled both free throws to make it a three-point game.
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Kansas called their last timeout by 16.1 seconds and opted for a layup and a foul was called. Wilson made two free throws to reduce their deficit to one, but Kansas had to foul Council and make him take two free throws by 7.1 seconds.
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 he landed it. Arkansas was able to maintain possession for the final three seconds to win and advance.
“We’re celebrating back there because we have such incredible respect for Kansas, defending champions, their league MVP at No. 10, Jalen Wilson,” head coach Eric Musselman told reporters after the game.
“I’ve been training for a long time. This is a great win that I have never participated in. Again, because of the history of Kansas, because of some of their veteran players who were part of a championship team last year. A lot of people didn’t think we were going to win our first-round game.”
Arkansas’sxiste Davis finished with 25 points, 21 of them in the second half.
Arkansas meets 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 is now eliminated after No. 1 Purdue was on the losing side against No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday in the biggest upset in tournament history.
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