No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks in NCAAs: Starters, TV, time
When: 4:15 p.m., Saturday
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Radio: WHB (810) in Kansas City; KFH (1240 AM, 97.5 FM) in Wichita
About No. 8 seed Arkansas (21-13, 8-10 SEC):
Arkansas reached the Round of 32 by defeating Illinois of the Big 10, 73-63, on Thursday. The Razorbacks went 1-1 in the SEC postseason tournament, beating Auburn 76-73 and losing to Texas A&M 67-61. ... Arkansas ended the regular season with losses to Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. ...
Baylor beat Arkansas 67-64 in the final Big 12/SEC Challenge, Jan. 28 in Waco, Texas. Oklahoma beat Arkansas 88-78 in the nonconference season in a game played in Tulsa. … Arkansas is playing in its third straight NCAA Tournament and has earned its 36th overall NCAA bid (48-34 all-time record in tourney). It is the first time since 2006, ’07, and ’08 that the Hogs have played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. …
Arkansas advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in each of the last two years. In 2021, Arkansas lost In the Elite Eight to eventual national champion Baylor. In 2022, Arkansas upended overall No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 before falling to Duke in the Elite Eight. … This is the third time in program history Arkansas has received a No. 8 seed. Arkansas won its NCAA opener as an 8-seed in 2017 (vs Seton Hall). In 2006 as the 8-seed, Arkansas lost its opener to Bucknell. … Arkansas is now 19-8 in NCAA Tournament first round games (including a loss in a “second-round game” in 2015 when the “first four” was considered the first round). …
Anthony Black was voted second-team All-SEC and to the SEC All-Freshman team; Ricky Council was tabbed second-team All-SEC and Davonte Davis was named to the SEC All-Defensive team. This is the second straight year two Razorbacks were named to the coaches all-conference team and the 12th time multiple Razorbacks were honored in the same season. ... Davis gives Arkansas a member of the SEC All-Defensive team for the second straight year and the seventh time since 2008.
About No. 1 seed Kansas (28-7):
Kansas leads the all-time series with Arkansas, 8-5. Arkansas beat KU in the last meeting 65-64 on Nov. 22, 2005, in the consolation round of the Maui Invitational. KU defeated the Razorbacks 93-81 in an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight game on March 23, 1991, in Charlotte, North Carolina. KU won six of seven versus Arkansas from 1946 through 1966. Arkansas has won four of six from 1976 through 2005. …
KU has 28 wins for the 12th time in the 20-year Bill Self era. ... KU is 6-2 in neutral-site games. ... The Jayhawks are 116-48 in the NCAA Tournament all-time. ... KU has won 16-straight NCAA Tournament first-round games, a run that started in 2007. ... KU is KU 46-13 all-time as the No. 1 seed and 17-0 versus the No. 16 seed. ... Bill Self is 584-131 while at Kansas, 791-236 overall and 56-21 in NCAA Tournaments (47-16 while at Kansas). ... Kansas is 2,385-884 all-time. ...
The Kansas starting five of Dajuan Harris., Gradey Dick, Kevin McCullar, Jalen Wilson and KJ Adams have started 32 games this season, in which the Jayhawks are 26-6. ... Junior Joseph Yesufu has been KU’s first substitution off of the bench 11 times. ... The Jayhawks are 26-0 when leading at halftime. ... Kansas’ 50 first-half points in a first-round win over Howard are tied for the most in a first half this season after also scoring 50 at Missouri on Dec. 10. ... KU has had five double-figure scorers seven times. ...
Jalen Wilson has 703 points. He’s become the 11th Jayhawk to score 700+ points in a season. He is the latest since 2019 (Dedric Lawson, 700) and his 703 points pass Lawson and Nick Collison (2003, 702 points) for the ninth most in KU single season history. ... KU in the regular season met 13 different teams that advanced to the NCAAs with a 15-7 record against those opponents. … KU is 7-7 against ranked teams this season, including 4-2 against top 10 teams. KU has won seven or more games versus ranked teams each of the last three seasons and five of six campaigns. …
Self is 47-16 in the NCAA Tourney at KU with 11 Sweet 16s, nine Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two NCAA titles with one NCAA runnerup finish. … The Jayhawks’ 164 NCAA Tournament games rank third all time behind Kentucky (182) and North Carolina (180). … From Dec. 1, 2022 to Feb. 28, 2023, Ernest Udeh made 21 consecutive field goals covering 18 games. The 21 consecutive shots made is a KU record. Udeh passed the 16 in a row made by Greg Dreiling during the 1985-86 season. Dreiling set the mark in four games.