Never take anything for granted. Nothing is ever promised either and that includes college basketball’s premier event, the NCAA Tournament. March Madness. Enjoy the one shining moments. Cheer the Cinderella’s.
Just like the Arkansas Razorbacks last season, who’s season was cut short in the SEC Tournament. With a win against Vanderbilt, they would’ve have played South Carolina with the chance for a quarterfinals appearance. Sadly, Covid-19 cut things short around the whole country and no major conference tournament or NCAA Tournament took place. It was unprecedented but that is why everyone should enjoy the moment this season even if your team isn’t playing.
On Selection Sunday, the Razorbacks have been streaking as of late. They won 12 SEC games in a row before losing in the SEC Tournament semifinals on Saturday to LSU. Many of the “Bracketologists” had Arkansas a solid three-seed.
The NCAA Tournament selection committee evaluated all the at-large bids and Arkansas is one of them. The Razorbacks have been chosen as a three seed for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
This is the first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2018 when they lost to Butler in the first round. This is the highest seed Arkansas has been chosen as since the 2014-15 team were a five-seed.
Arkansas will face off with Colgate in the first round of the tournament. The game is scheduled for Friday.
This year the NCAA Tournament will look a little different. There won’t be games played in several different cities. It will be similar to the NBA Bubble from this past summer. All tournament games will be played In Indianapolis, Indiana.
On March 18th, the “First Four” games will all be played at either Assembly Hall or Mackey Arena. Then on March 19th and 20th there will be 16 first round games played at six different venues. The same goes for the second round, too, as there will be eight games played in four different venues on both March 21st and 22nd.
The “Sweet 16” will take place from Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 27th and the 28th.
The Elite Eight will take place on March 30th and Final Four will take place on April 3rd inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
Finally, the NCAA Tournament will conclude on April 5th from Lucas Oil Stadium. The championship game will start at 9 PM EST.