Elite!!! Pigs survive ORU and upgrade to elite eight
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Arkansas, seeded third and 10th, survived and qualified for the school’s first Elite Eight since 1995 on Saturday night at Bankers Life Arena with a 72-70 victory on the endless roller coaster. blows on Oral Roberts, seeded # 15.
The Razorbacks (25-6) came back from a seven-point halftime deficit that dropped to 12 in the second half to be 70-70 with less than a minute to go. Jalen Tate’s training to the basket was cut short at the end, but the elder found Davonte Davis, who bypassed his defenseman and sank a jumper to give Arkansas a two-point lead with 3.1 seconds to play. The 3-point shot by nation’s top scorer Max Abmas bounced off the rim as time passed to send the Hogs back to the Elite Eight in more than 25 years.
Davis was incredible in the second half, scoring 14 of his 16 points on 6 of 11 shots and grabbing five of his eight rebounds. Tate led the Razorbacks with 22 points and was one of four double-digit Hogs. Moses Moody added 14, and Justin Smith recorded his sixth double-double of the season – and fifth in the last 16 games, helping Arkansas go 14-2 over time. He finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Smith had 11 offensive rebounds, Arkansas grabbing 18 offensive rebounds against six for ORU.
Arkansas lost one (21-20) in the half-time rebound battle but passed the Eagles 26-14 in the period to maintain a 46-35 advantage for the game on the boards. .
The Razorbacks overcame a slow start in the first half that saw the team shoot just 31.4% and go just 1 to 7 over a 3-point range. Arkansas however reversed the scenario in the second half, shooting 42.9% from the ground and attempting just two 3-pointers. For the game, Arkansas beat the Golden Eagles 42-30 in the paint and maintained the nation’s 12th-best 3-point shooting team at just 25.8% for the game – 2 of 14 (13.4% ) in the second half.
Arkansas prepare to face seeded Baylor in the Southern Regional Finals Monday night at 9:57 p.m. CT / 8:57 p.m. CT on CBS with a ticket to the Final Four in play.
FIRST HALF: Arkansas 28 – Oral Roberts 35
- Oral Roberts scored 3 of his first 6 3 points and was leading 9-6 in the first media timeout.
- Arkansas only made 2 of their first 11 shots, while ORU’s first five baskets were 3 to take a 15-7 lead and force an Arkansas timeout at 12:58.
- The Razorbacks got on the right track with a 6-0 run and made it a 15-13 game in the second media timeout (11:31).
- JD Notae jumped and made two free throws to cap a 10-0 run and give Arkansas their first lead (17-15).
- ORU regained the advantage to lead 27-24 in the last media timeout (3:09).
- The country’s top scorer, Max Abmas of ORU, led all scorers with 12 points, but was only 3 of 10 on the pitch (3 of 5 from 3 points). Carlos Jurgens scored 11.
- ORU edged Arkansas by one, 21-20, while ORU’s Kevin Obanor had nine boards.
- Arkansas shot just 31.4 percent from the field, shooting just 1 in 7 for 3 points.
- Jalen Tate led the Hogs with 10 points.
SECOND HALF: Arkansas 44 – Oral Roberts 35
- Arkansas lost 10 points early (44-34) but Davonte Davis kept the Hogs alive by scoring each of the team’s first six points.
- ORU pushed their lead to 12 (46-34) to force a Razorback timeout at 3:21 pm.
- Arkansas used a 6-0 streak to reduce their deficit to three (48-45) in the second media timeout (11:51).
- Down by seven with 8:44 to go, Arkansas used a 15-5 run to lead by four with 3:31 to go.
- Davonte Davis got on an offensive rebound and sank a jumper to the free throw line to tie the game at 58-58 (6:58).
- Jalen Tate made a lay-up at 5:01 for a 2-point lead (62-60). After ORU equalized him, Tate hit another layup for a 64-62 lead.
- After an ORU turnaround, Davonte Davis grabbed an offensive rebound and made the layup to give the Hogs a 66-62 lead and force an ORU timeout at 3:31.
- ORU tied the game at 66-66 and took a one-point lead, 69-68, when Kevin Obanor converted an old-fashioned 3-point game with 1:48 remaining.
- Jalen Tate responded with a jumper in the hallway with 1:34 to play. Francis Lacis suffered a possession foul that followed, but made just one free throw to tie the score at 70-70 with 31 ticks on the clock.
- Davonte Davis, on an assist from Jalen Tate, put Arkansas ahead of two with his rider just off the right side of the lane near the block.
- After review, officials put 3.1 seconds on the clock for the Eagles’ last game. Max Abmas caught the inbound pass at the 3-point line, dribbled down the right side and attempted a 3-point winner from the right wing, but bounced off the front edge at the end of the time limit.
- In addition to Davis’ 14 points during the period, Jalen Tate had 12 with five second-half assists while Moses Moody added 10 points and two blocked shots.
- Justin Smith, Davonte Davis, Moses Moody and Jalen Tate each played the 20 minutes of the second half. Desi Sills played 15 and led the team with +15 in the half.
- Arkansas is now 7-4 when playing in the NCAA Sweet 16. Arkansas will make their 11th Elite 8 appearance and the first since 1995 – the year Arkansas was a national finalist.
- Arkansas is 12-2 against Oral Roberts – and 2-0 this year.
- Arkansas were down by 10 in the teams’ first meeting this year and won by 11. In the Sweet 16, Arkansas trailed the Eagles by seven at halftime and won by two.
- This is the Razorbacks’ second straight two-point victory, with the opponent having the ball with a tie shot or up for grabs every time.
- Arkansas dominate the second half of their three NCAA tournament wins. The Hogs are averaging 42.7 points in the second half while keeping their opponents at 35.0 points. Additionally, Arkansas is also shooting at 44.1 FG% and has committed just 12 turnovers, keeping their opponents at 41.0 FG% and forcing 24 turnovers.
- Eric Musselman has trailed in double digits in each of his five NCAA tournament wins, including all three this season.
- Arkansas wore their white “pig” jersey for the eighth time this year and are 8-0 in those games, including their four playoff wins this season.
- Arkansas are 17-2 when they pass their opponents and 13-2 when four players score in double digits.
- Arkansas are 7-5 this season as they fall behind at halftime
- Arkansas is now 5-0 this year when they face an opponent for the second time. Arkansas were 2-0 against Auburn and Oral Roberts while avenging losses to Missouri, Alabama and LSU this season.
- Arkansas are 15-0 under Eric Musselman with at least four days to prepare for an opponent – 8-0 this year and 7-0 last season. Overall, Musselman is 44-7 as a college head coach with four days to prepare.
- Arkansas nearly saw their 3-point streak shattered as the Hogs were just 1 in 9 from the 3-point range, with Jalen Tate achieving the team’s only treble. Arkansas now have the third longest streak in the country scoring 3 points with a trey in 1,074 straight games. UNLV tops the list with 1,127 games and Duke is second with 1,112.
- Arkansas’ starting lineup was Jalen Tate (L) – Davonte Davis (L) – Moses Moody (L) – Justin Smith (F) – Jaylin Williams (F) for the second time (in a row) this season.
- Arkansas won the first shot. Arkansas are 16-3 in point control.
- Francis Lacis of ORU scored the first points of the match, a 3 points at 19:15. Jaylin Williams scored Arkansas’ first points, a 18:03 layup. Arkansas is 9-2 when the opponent scores first.
- JD Notae and Desi Sills were Arkansas’ first submarines.
- Moses Moody has 528 points this year. He is 12 points off Scottie Thurman’s record of 540 points in the school’s freshman in 1992-93.
- Jalen Tate led Arkansas with 22 points. It was the second time this season that he led the team in scoring. (He led Arkansas with 15 points in the win over Kentucky.) It was his third time to score more than 20 points this season and the ninth of his career.
- Moses Moody tied his career high with three blocked shots.
- Justin Smith is the only Razorback (since 1996-97) to appear in two games with at least 10 offensive rebounds in a game. Smith had 11 in the Sweet 16 against Oral Roberts and had 10 against Oral Roberts earlier this year. Smith is the only Razorback with double-digit rebounds in an NCAA tournament game.
- Davonte Davis’ basket-winning 3.1 seconds is the first Arkansas to claim an NCAA victory since US Reed hit a half-field on the buzzer to beat Louisville and send Arkansas to Sweet 16 in 1981. .
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