Rapid Reaction: Arkansas's incredible season comes to an end against Baylor
As the broadcasters said throughout tonight’s game between 1-seed Baylor and 3-seed Arkansas, basketball is a game of runs.
No one knows that better than Arkansas coach Eric Musselman. Heck, the Razorbacks have trailed by double-digits at some point in every game this tournament. But, until Monday night, they’d always managed to come from behind and end up with more points at the final buzzer.
That luck ran out on Monday night. The Bears controlled the game from the start. Yes, Arkansas had moments of brilliance. (The Razorbacks often do, after all.) But, the Bears never let the Hogs come all the way back, advancing to the Final Four with an 81-72 victory.
A key moment in the game came when JD Notae, the energetic sixth man off the bench, fouled out with more than 13 minutes to go in the second half. He had been the best offensive weapon for the Hogs, scoring 14 points in his limited action.
A distraught Notae was shown on the bench in the aftermath of the call, and the Hogs never recovered. Baylor put together a strong performance throughout to hold off any attempt at a comeback.
Meanwhile, as Arkansas’s offense struggled, Baylor did what Baylor does. MaCio Teague led the way with 22 points. Jared Butler had 14. Davion Mitchell had 12. Baylor made 8 3-pointers compared to 3 for Arkansas.
Now, the Bears advance to play Houston in the Final Four. Gonzaga-USC and Michigan-UCLA will decide the other spots in the Final Four on Tuesday night.
The Hogs had a special season, though, and the future is bright for Musselman’s program. More Elite 8 appearances could be coming soon for Arkansas.