Go ahead and buy your tickets. Make your travel arrangements. It's a done deal. I hear Dayton's lovely in the early spring.
Of course this is completely ridiculous since no games have been played, or even scheduled, and the Arkansas roster isn't even completely officially finished yet, but we can go ahead and start the celebration now. Go ahead and order the good champagne for Selection Sunday.
Lunardi has Arkansas traveling to Dayton as part of the First Four, and the Hogs are the third SEC team he has in the Tournament (along with Florida and Kentucky, natch). Tennessee is listed as just missing the cut.
There have been a slew of way too early college basketball rankings for next season released after the NCAA Tournament concluded on Monday. We haven't seen the Hogs ranked in any of them, but they are listed as an "on the cusp" team in USA Today.
So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.