The 15th-ranked and 4th-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks are finally back in the tournament, for the first time since 2015. The Hogs will square up against the No. 13 seed Wright State Raiders on Monday at 1pm (TV: ESPN).
The Razorbacks took on one of the most difficult schedules in the country, facing five non-conference opponents who earned bids to the Dance, including No. 1 seed Connecticut and No. 2 seeds Baylor and Maryland. In addition, they faced a conference schedule that was not only in the toughest conference in the country, but the five best SEC teams enjoyed a home-court advantage when they faced Arkansas.
Mike Neighbors’s team has faced a gauntlet over the course of the season, so they’ve been honed. Their road to the tournament starts with the Raiders, the champions of the Horizon League. A potential second-round matchup would be against the winner of No. 5 Missouri State/No. 4 California-Davis.