Two weeks and four games are left in the regular season. Arkansas’ win over Texas A&M doesn’t guarantee anything, but it’s put the Hogs in good shape. As we hit the end of February, this is how the Hogs’ resume looks.
Record: 19-8 (8-6)
Non-Conference SOS: 99
Record vs. RPI Top-25: 3-4
Record is looking good, so is the RPI. Thankfully the strength of the SEC is really holding the rest of the conference up though because Arkansas’ non-conference opponents have really bottomed out. Oklahoma (lost 5 straight and 8 of last 10), Minnesota (lost 8 straight and 3-12 in Big 12), and UConn (3-7 in last 10) have taken nose dives in conference play. That means Arkansas’ three best wins are against Tennessee, Missouri, and Texas A&M if you go by RPI. Going solely by those numbers, the best non-conference wins are now the Sooners, Bucknell, and Fresno State.
That won’t hurt the Hogs a huge amount though, especially if they close out this tough stretch of games reasonably well. Here’s where some experts have put Arkansas so far. All are updated after the Texas A&M win.
Traveling to Detroit to play Butler and potentially Purdue in the second round would definitely be a pair of road games. The Bulldogs are definitely a battle tested team as well. They went 2-1 in the other PK80 bracket and have beaten Ohio State and Villanova this year.
Yahoo just lists the seeds, but has the Hogs sitting comfortably in an 8-seed. The potential games would be against Texas, Saint Mary’s, Creighton, or Virginia Tech. Out of those four Saint Mary’s or Creighton would be the best matchups for Arkansas
Getting Virginia Tech in Wichita would be a favorable draw for Hogs. The Hokies have shown they’re capable, beating Virginia and North Carolina this year, but have also lost to Saint Louis. A potential second round against Kansas would make for a wild atmosphere as well.
This bracket is a weird one. A rematch in the first round and a potential second round game against Auburn? Well when you see the other three 7-seeds are all SEC teams it was really the only place to put Arkansas. Things are bound to change in the next two weeks so this likely won’t take place.