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Arkansas Officially Misses NCAA Tournament Bid; Awaits NIT Selection

It's finally done.

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

It was widely speculated that a loss on Thursday in the SEC Tournament would eliminate Arkansas from NCAA Tournament discussion, and that proved to be correct.

Despite Arkansas' loss to South Carolina, some continued to wonder if the Razorbacks might still have a shot at sneaking in with one of the final at-large bids if a few games broke the right way and the Hogs' RPI would be bumped up a little, and that was cute for a couple of days, but it was not to be.

How close were the Hogs?

Jerry Palm (CBS): second team out

Joe Lunardi (ESPN): sixth team out

Chris Dobbertean (SB Nation): fifth team out

Shelby Mast (USA Today): in the "others considered" group after First 5 Out

On the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, Arkansas was not listed among the last four teams not to get in.

Arkansas now shifts its focus to the NIT, where they now hope to make their first postseason appearance since 2008. The Razorbacks last played in the NIT in 1997, when they reached the NIT Final Four. Arkansas would hope to host at least one game at Bud Walton Arena. does NIT projections and they have Arkansas as a 3-seed hosting Belmont in the first round.

The NIT selection show is on ESPNU at 7:30 central.