FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the third time in the last four seasons, the Arkansas men’s basketball team punched its ticket to the Big Dance, earning a No. 7 seed in the east region of the NCAA Tournament.
Winning eight of their last 11 games, the Razorbacks (23-11) will open play on Friday against the No. 10 Butler Bulldogs (20-13) of the Big East Conference in the round of 64 in Detroit, Michigan. The winner plays No. 2 Purdue or No. 15 Cal State Fullerton.
The Razorbacks are a No. 7 seed for the second time in program history, holding an overall record of 0-1.
Head coach Mike Anderson is making his ninth NCAA Tournament appearance in his 16th year as a head coach. He has a 9-8 record in the Big Dance, having advanced as far as the Elite Eight in 2008-09 during his days at Missouri.
Arkansas is making its 32nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its third appearance in a four-year span for the first time in 10 years. The Razorbacks have won their opening game of the tournament in both years under Anderson, knocking off Wofford in 2015 and Seton Hall in 2017.
Arkansas is 42-31 all-time in its previous 31 appearances, including a 20-11 mark in its first game in the tournament.
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