The Razorback men’s basketball team (23-11, 10-8) received the No. 7 seed in the East Region of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Hogs will face the No. 10-seeded Butler Bulldogs (20-13, 9-9) in Detroit on Friday.
The Hogs were in the No. 7-10 seeding bubble for much of the past few weeks, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. The Razorbacks were eliminated in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament March 10 after their 84-66 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers, who went on to get a No. 3 seed in the tourney. The Hogs surprised many by upsetting Florida in the quarterfinals, 80-72, after shaking off South Carolina in the second round, but that wasn’t enough to earn a higher seed from the selection committee.
The Hogs are included in a record crop of eight SEC teams that all made the tournament this year. The previous record was six teams in 2008.
If the Razorbacks can tame the Bulldogs, they will await the winner of the No. 2 Purdue and No. 15 Cal St. Fullerton matchup. Fellow SEC teams Alabama and Florida join the Hogs in an East Region that boasts current Big East champion Villanova as the No. 1 seed.
The Hogs and Bulldogs have only one other meeting that dates back 87 years. Arkansas lost to Butler by a score of 37-21 on Jan. 2, 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana, according to HogStats.
Arkansas’ first-round game will tip off at approximately 3:10 p.m. Friday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. It will air live on TruTV.