FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas (20-13), seeded eighth in the West Region, will face Illinois (20-12), the region’s No. 9 seed, on Thursday, March 16 in the opening round of the 2023 NCAA Championship. The Razorbacks and Illini will play in Des Moines, Iowa at Wells Fargo Arena. Tipoff time and TV information are TBA.
Arkansas earns its 36th NCAA bid and third straight, marking 2006, ’07, and ’08 the Hogs have played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. This is the third time in program history Arkansas has earned a No. 8 seed.
Arkansas is 22-12 in NCAA Tournament openers and owns a 48-34 all-time record in NCAA action.
The Razorbacks, coming off back-to-back NCAA Elite 8 berths, are #21 in the NCAA NET (one spot lower than last season at this time when the Hogs were a #4 seed) and owns the #3 strength of schedule in the country according to WarrenNolan.com. Also, according to WarrenNolan.com, Arkansas has the #4 non-conference RPI and #7 non-conference strength of schedule. KenPom.com rates Arkansas #19 in the nation.
Arkansas won 20 games for the fourth straight year as head coach Eric Musselman extended his streak to eight 20-win seasons in eight years as a collegiate coach. Also, this marks the sixth straight year that an NCAA Tournament has been held that Musselman has led his teams to the Big Dance.
This will be the sixth time Arkansas has faced Illinois. The Illini own a 5-0 advantage in the series.
With a first-round win, Arkansas would face the winner of No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 16 seed Howard on Saturday, March 18.
Of the 26 teams the Razorbacks faced this season, 11 are in the NCAA Tournament.
Due to a limited number of tickets allotted to the University, Arkansas athletics will not have tickets for purchase by the public. An NCAA postseason order request was sent to season ticket holders and our response has matched the school’s current allotment. There is a possibility of tickets being made available for future rounds should the Razorbacks advance. Please continue to check www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com or check your emails if you are a season ticket holder for further updates.
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