4. Top March Madness seeds that could suffer an early exit – Arkansas Razorbacks
The SEC was a deep conference this season and Arkansas often wasn’t regarded as a top team by experts after early struggles in conference play. Head coach Eric Musselman did a good job rallying his troops to a strong finish that saw the Razorbacks pick up wins over Auburn and Kentucky to demonstrate how dangerous Arkansas could be.
The Razorbacks lost in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament to Texas A&M but still managed to land a 4-seed in the West Region, where a Sweet 16 matchup with Gonzaga could await them next week. The problem is that the two potential opponents Arkansas could face in the first two rounds are matchup problems for them.
The 13-seed that Arkansas drew is Vermont, which likes to fly up and down the floor in a manner similar to last season’s Colgate squad. The Catamounts are a better version of Colgate, who the Razorbacks struggled with mightily last year before advancing, so an upset could be in play in the first round.
Surviving the Vermont game could bring a matchup against 5-seed UConn in the Round of 32, which isn’t ideal because the Huskies are an experienced team with a ton of physicality. UConn won’t be intimidated by bully ball from Arkansas, which could be a problem that leads to an early demise for them.