Kansas Falls to Arkansas in Second Round of NCAA Tournament, 72-71

Via Kansas Athletics

DES MOINES, Iowa – In a game that came down to the final minute, Kansas fell to Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, 72-71, inside of Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

No. 1 seeded Kansas led for nearly 35 minutes, but the No. 8 seeded Arkansas Razorbacks outscored the Jayhawks down the stretch, including 45-36 in the second half. Arkansas overcame a 12-point second half deficit led by 25 points from Davonte Davis to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Kansas outshot Arkansas, as the Jayhawks shot 48% (24-of-50), while the Razorbacks shot 41% (24-of-58). Kansas ends the season 24-3 when outshooting its opponent.

Kansas was led by 20 points from redshirt junior Jalen Wilson, who registered his seventh-straight 20+ point performance, which was the longest streak in the NCAA Tournament. Wilson was joined in double-figures scoring by sophomore forward KJ Adams Jr. (14 points), redshirt senior Kevin McCullar Jr. (13 points) and redshirt junior Dajuan Harris Jr. (12 points).

The loss ends Kansas’ season at 28-8, after winning the National Championship in 2022. The Jayhawks were crowned Big 12 Regular Season Champions with a 13-5 record in Big 12 play.

Arkansas will advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 to play the winner of No. 5 seed Saint Mary’s and No. 4 seed UConn in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 23-24.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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