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College Basketball Top 25 & NCAA Tournament Projections: Where do the Arkansas Razorbacks Land?

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The Hogs are back in the polls after dropping out for a few weeks, and the latest NCAA Tournament projections include them as well.

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Arkansas Razorbacks Bracketology

With nonconference basketball over, some of the bracketologists have released updated projections as teams head into conference play.

Joe Lunardi has the Hogs as an 8-seed taking on Washington in Omaha, with the winner playing Wisconsin in the 2nd Round. Obviously, nobody ever wants to play in the 8/9 game, but being sent to Omaha wouldn't be a bad  deal for the Hogs, as its a place many fans could travel to. It could make for a fun weekend and help the team attempt an upset over the Badgers.

Lunardi also has 5 total SEC teams in the tournament: Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, and LSU being the others.

Jerry Palm at CBS isn't as big on the SEC. He has the Razorbacks as an 11-seed, taking on Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. He has 4 SEC teams making the cut, with South Carolina on the outside looking in. Other than Kentucky, all of his SEC picks are lower seeds than Lunardi.

Arkansas Basketball Is Ranked Again

The Razorbacks climbed up to #18 in the nation before heading on that dreadful road trip to Iowa State and Clemson, but after running through the rest of their non-conference slate in Bud Walton, the Hogs check back in at #23 this week heading into SEC play with tomorrow's road game at Georgia. It's the first time the Hogs will play an SEC game as a ranked team since, wait for it, 1999.

Here are the rankings.

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (1st) POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 1600 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 1535 2
3 Virginia Cavaliers 1446 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers 1397 4
5 Louisville Cardinals 1322 5
6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1275 7
7 Arizona Wildcats 1260 8
8 Villanova Wildcats 1089 6
9 Utah Utes 1059 10
10 Texas Longhorns 976 11
11 Maryland Terrapins 966 12
12 Kansas Jayhawks 884 13
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 775 14
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 712 17
15 Wichita State Shockers 686 16
16 Oklahoma Sooners 674 18
17 Iowa State Cyclones 663 9
18 North Carolina Tar Heels 591 19
19 Seton Hall Pirates 448 -
20 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 311 27
21 Baylor Bears 186 22
22 Ohio State Buckeyes 184 20
23 Arkansas Razorbacks 103 29
24 St. John's Red Storm 92 15
25 Old Dominion Monarchs 80 30
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa (12-2) 72; Iowa (10-4) 63; Butler (11-4) 53; LSU (11-2) 50; George Washington (11-3) 39; TCU (13-1) 33; Temple (11-4) 33; Colorado State (14-1) 31; Stanford (10-3) 29; South Carolina (9-3) 16; Washington (11-3) 13; Wyoming (13-2) 11; Indiana (11-3) 9; Oklahoma State (11-2) 9; Georgetown (9-4) 7; Cincinnati (10-3) 6; Dayton (11-2) 5; Brigham Young (13-4) 3; Xavier (10-4) 2; Hofstra (10-4) 1; Davidson (10-2) 1