Make that 1-10.
No. 4 seed Arkansas was 0-for-10 towards the No. 1 seed within the NCAA Match since seeding started in 1979.
However the Razorbacks revitalized their 40 Minutes of Hell protection of the Nineties to beat No. 1 total seed Gonzaga, 74-68, Thursday night time on the Chase Heart in San Francisco to succeed in the West Area championship recreation on Saturday.
Arkansas (27-8) will play the winner of Thursday’s late recreation between No. 2 seed Duke (30-6) and No. 3 seed Texas Tech (27-9). The Razorbacks have reached the Elite Eight for the second straight 12 months as the one Southeastern Convention workforce remaining within the NCAA Match.
The Hogs’ protection held the No. 1 scoring workforce within the nation to twenty factors under its common and led for the whole second half after taking a 32-29 lead at halftime.
“Our protection – to carry them to 68 was unimaginable,” Arkansas coach Eric Musselman mentioned. “We learn every thing. Earlier than each meal, we learn every thing, and nobody mentioned we had an opportunity. Thanks to everybody who mentioned we had no probability.”
Gonzaga was a 9.5-point favourite by FanDuel.
Arkansas outscored Gonzaga 13-2 to shut the primary half after trailing 27-19 and saved the Zags at bay on the Bay.
“It’s loopy,” mentioned Arkansas ahead Jaylin Williams, who scored 15 with 12 rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and took expenses as regular. “We learn every thing they mentioned. We believed in ourselves from the bounce. It’s our battle, our grit.”
JD Notae led the Razorbacks with 21 factors, and Trey Wade added 15. Arkansas was coldly environment friendly with simply eight turnovers.
Gonzaga, however, couldn’t zig when it zagged and dedicated 15 turnovers. Two of their finest scorers – level guard Andrew Nembhard and Rasir Bolton – mixed to go 5 of 21 from the sector for seven and eight factors respectively.
Ahead Drew Timme led Gonzaga with 25 factors, however he was normally its solely various. Chet Holmgren was held scoreless within the first half earlier than ending with 11 factors.
“We’re not at all times cosmetically pleasing on offense,” Musselman mentioned, then yelled, “However we win!!!”
Arkansas received its solely nationwide championship in 1994.