Kansas, the top seed in the West, fell to the Razorbacks 72-71. Arkansas, the region’s eighth seed, will move on to the Sweet 16. Kansas becomes the second No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament to fall, following Purdue.
Since the NCAA expanded the tournament field in 1985, only three times have multiple No. 1 seeds failed to reach the Sweet 16 before this year: 2000, 2004 and 2018.
Kansas was without head coach Bill Self in the game as he continues to recover from a heart procedure.
Breaking: No. 1 seed Kansas has been knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by No. 8 seed Arkansas 72-71.https://t.co/oMV3hMy5ep pic.twitter.com/GstUgCmopi
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Arkansas coach Eric Musselman took his shirt off in celebration after his No. 8 seed Razorbacks knocked the defending national champion Jayhawks out of the NCAA Tournament. #MarchMadness https://t.co/WjDFEWY7tM pic.twitter.com/QsdhKZzyZv
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