The reigning NCAA champions are officially eliminated, as the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks were upset by the No. 8 seed Arkansas Razorbacks.
Last year, the Kansas Jayhawks won their fourth NCAA championship after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels. They entered the 2023 NCAA Tournament looking to defend their title. They were able to defeat the No. 16 Howard Bison in the first round, and favored to go deep in the tourney.
Then, they faced off against the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks.
On Saturday, the Jayhawks were stunned by the Razorbacks in a 72-71 loss to get eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas held a 35-27 lead at halftime, and couldn’t maintain the momentum in the second half.
They are now the second No. 1 seed to get eliminated from this year’s tourney. The first was the No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers, who were stunned by No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights.
Twitter reacts to Kansas stunning elimination by Arkansas from NCAA Tournament
Let’s take a look at some of the reactions from the Jayhawks getting sent home earlier than many had expected.
Head coach Eric Musselman previously did not have much luck against No. 1 seeds, going 0-10. He has now gone 2-0 since, as they defeated the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs in last year’s tournament in the Sweet 16 round, and now the defending champions in the Round of 32.
Musselman celebrated by ripping off his shirt and standing on the bench to hype up the Razorbacks fans in attendance at Wells Fargo Arena.
Junior guard Davonte Davis led the way for Arkansas, scoring 25 points (9-for-15 from the field, 6-for-7 from the free throw line), hauling in eight rebounds, and recording one assist.
As for Kansas, junior forward Jalen Wilson led the way with 20 points (5-for-9 from the field, 9-for-11 from the free throw line). Wilson also recorded four rebounds and one assist.
The Razorbacks will now face the winner of the No. 4 UConn Huskies and No. 5 Saint Mary’s Gaels matchup, which takes place on Sunday, March 19 at 6:10 p.m. ET on TNT.
As for the Jayhawks, they now return home as the former NCAA champions.