Arkansas blown out by UConn in Sweet 16 as season comes to close
Arkansas saw its season come to a close Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 4-seed UConn Huskies rolled past 8-seed Arkansas to move on to the Elite Eight. After stunning the No. 1 seed in the West Region last Saturday, Arkansas simply ran out of gas in the Sweet 16, falling 88-65.
With 12:04 to play in the first half, the Hogs were within 3 points. Then UConn’s Tristen Newton knocked down a triple, Donovan Clingan flushed home a dunk, Devo Davis turned the ball over, and UConn knocked in another triple. Just like that, the Huskies were off and running.
That turned into a 14-0 run over the span of just a little more than 4 minutes. UConn went up 34-17 and never looked back.
The 17-point advantage remained when the two teams went into the halftime break, and then it quickly exploded to 29 over the first 5 minutes of the second half. The Huskies opened on a 15-4 run to effectively ice the game with more than 15 minutes left to play.
Arkansas briefly got the margin under 20 thanks to a 10-0 run, but UConn broke the tide with back-to-back triples and the Razorbacks never got it back under 21.
The Hogs were led by 20 points from Anthony Black, who shot 5-for-12 from the field but knocked down 9 of his 11 shots from the charity stripe. Ricky Council added 17 points while making 8 of his 9 free throws.
After scoring 25 points in the win over Kansas, Davis struggled from the field against UConn. He finished with 3 points on 1-of-10 shooting and 1-of-3 from beyond the arc. He also dealt with foul trouble all night.
Arkansas shot just 32% from the field while UConn scorched the nets. The Huskies, led by 24 points from Jordan Hawkins, shot 57% and made 9 of their 20 3-pointers.
For coach Eric Musselman, it’s a 4th consecutive season with at least 20 wins and a 3rd consecutive season with at least an appearance in the Sweet 16.