The No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks had a scary run-in with the No. 14 Colgate Raiders in its Friday first round matchup, but managed to advance after trailing by as many as 14 points. The Razorbacks will meet No. 6 Texas Tech, which is fresh off a first-round victory over No. 11 Utah State.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Game date: Sunday, March 21
Game time: 6:10 p.m.
TV channel: TNT
Location: Hinkle Fieldhouse
Odds: Arkansas -0.5, Total 140.5
No. 3 Arkansas 23-6 (13-4): At-large
KenPom rating: 16 Overall, 36 Offense, 21 Defense
NET ranking: 14, (6-5 vs. Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Moses Moody (17.4 ppg)
Arkansas managed to go on a 17-0 run to end the first half of Monday’s game en route to an 85-68 victory. Senior forward Justin Smith was at the heart of the surge. He rattled off a season-high 29 points to go along with 13 boards in the Razorbacks’ win, while star freshman Moses Moody scored 12 points and trailed Jalen Tate (15) and JD Notae (14). Arkansas will need better guard play to keep up with the Red Raiders.
No. 6 Texas Tech: 18-10 (9-8): At-large
KenPom rating: 19 Overall, 33 Offense, 21 Defense
NET ranking: 16 (4-10 VS Quad 1)
Leading scorer: Mac McClung (15.7 ppg)
Texas Tech’s offense is run by Georgetown transplant Mac McClung, but he had plenty of help when his team took down Utah State 65-53 on Friday. McClung led the Red Raiders with 16 points, but Kevin McCullar and Terrence Shannon Jr. chipped in with 10 points apiece. Texas Tech will face a much more potent offense in its next matchup.