They have 6-7 senior forward Kelan Martin, averaging 20.8 points, 23.8 in the 18 Big East games, as a go-to scorer. He's only a threat from inside the arc, however, having attempted two 3-pointers all season. Arkansas was on the verge of getting run out of Little Caesars Arena at the time, trailing 21-2. So, these schools have the Tar Heels from last season in common.
No. 7 Arkansas and No. 10 Butler are in Detroit for a 2:10 p.m. (CDT) tip in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Basketball Tournament (truTV). Once Butler regained the lead a few moments later, it was over.
"I think that will be a battle of wills". There's a reason. I don't know the reason, but there's a reason why. "If we're not going to stay composed after a couple of runs by now, then we have an issue". "You can't put them on the free throw line".
Arkansas will begin the night with Anton Beard, Daryl Macon, Jaylen Barford, Adrio Bailey and Daniel Gafford.
The Razorbacks (23-11, 10-8 SEC) were most recently knocked out of the SEC Tournament by eventual 3-seed Tennessee. "I thought they played well".
Against Kentucky last month, Arkansas was up 11 points in the first half, yet down 17 in the second. He said he was confident his team would find a way to get back in it.
Ten minutes later, after a 27-6 run of its own, Arkansas took a two-point lead.
"I think we're both probably looking at the first matchup", said Jordan, a former MI assistant and one-year head coach at the University of Milwaukee. "If he didn't, he traveled".
"I remember the play like it was yesterday", he said.
"But instead we were just standing, still looking for a call". But they've got bigger goals in mind. But that was a travel. Chris Holtmann left the Bulldogs in June to take over at Ohio State, and he has the Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA tournament after winning Coach of the Year in that league. "I'm actually going home". It beat Winthrop and Middle Tennessee past year before losing to eventual national champion North Carolina in the regional semifinal. "I thought that was really kind of what spurred us on". He got the layup to go and the foul, and will be at the line when play resumes.
The Razorbacks also like to think their pressure defense is uniquely hard, but the Bulldogs like to run nearly as much Anderson's team. We've got to worry about Arkansas. I thought our guys just had a really good response when they came back to the huddle. "We've had a lot of close games".
The Razorbacks missed 7 of their first 10 shots from 3-point range and followed that up by missing 7 of 8 long shots following halftime. "So that mentality helped us keep a poise about us, even when they made a big run".
This is the fourth-straight year Butler has made it to the NCAA Tournament. We got a couple of times fronting him a little bit too high and they threw it over the top and he was able to use his length.
"We knew it was going to be a 40-minute game", coach LaVall Jordan said.
Macon said today's game is what he had in mind when he chose to come back to Arkansas for his senior season. "I think we learned from that and we're ready to go now".