There will be no repeat champion in March Madness.
The top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks head home after being defeated by No. 8 Arkansas, 72-71, in the second round.
Kansas led by as many as 12 points, but Arkansas responded with an 18-5 run to take a one-point lead, its first since 2-0.
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Both teams traded cubes with neither team being able to increase their lead by more than four points for several minutes.
The game was tied at 65 with 1:07 to go with the ball in possession of the Razorbacks, and a tip-in gave them a two-point lead. However, the Jayhawks fouled in the double bonus, and Jalen Wilson hit both free throws with 39 seconds remaining to tie it again.
Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV fouled with 23.7 to go, but made only one of two foul shots. However, Arkansas got the offensive board on the second missed shot, and Council went to the line again after a foul shot. With 20.4 seconds remaining, he made both free throws to make it a three-point game.
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Kansas called its final timeout with 16.1 seconds remaining, opted to go for a layup, and a foul was called. Wilson made two free throws to cut his deficit to one, but Kansas had to foul Council and force him to shoot a pair of free throws with 7.1 seconds remaining.
Council hit both shots, and a blocking foul put Kansas back on the line. Wilson made the first and tried to miss the second, but scored it. Arkansas was able to hold possession for the final three seconds to win and advance.
«We’re celebrating there because we have incredible respect for Kansas, the defending champions, their league MVP at No. 10, Jalen Wilson,» head coach Eric Musselman told reporters after the game.
«I’ve been coaching for a long time. That’s the best win I’ve ever been a part of. Again, because of Kansas history, 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’ Davonte Davis finished with 25 points, 21 of them in the second half.
Arkansas will face 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 seeds are now out after No. 1 Purdue fell on the losing end of the biggest upset in tournament history to No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday.