The March Madness tradition of massive upsets continued on the second week of the NCAA Tournament. The Arkansas Razorbacks went ahead and knocked off the tournament favorite Gonzaga in a tense 74 – 68 match. It was another win for Eric Musselman's insane stretch of games in the tournament.
The Arkansas coach was obviously fired up after their March Madness run continued. In a post-game interview, Musselman clapped back at the people that doubted his team, saying thank you to them. (via Dime)
Eric Musselman: "Thank you to everybody that said we had no chance!"
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) March 25, 2022
Arkansas won this team on the back of their incredible team defense, holding the fiery Gonzaga offense to a mere 68 points. Drew Timme did his part for the Bulldogs with 25 points, but consensus top draft pick Chet Holmgren was limited to just 11 points due to foul trouble. It was a defensive masterclass from Musselman's team, who continues to surprise their opponents in their March Madness run.
On Arkansas side, it was once again JD Notae who led the Razorbacks, as he's done all March Madness long. The star guard scored 21 points along with six assists and rebounds. However, unlike Timme, Notae got help from his big men duo of Trey Wade and Jaylin Williams with 15 points apiece.
Arkansas will face whoever wins between Texas Tech and Duke in the next game tonight. Once again, they'll be the underdogs against their next opponents. However, as we've already seen today, that doesn't seem to stop them from playing hard and punching their opponents in the mouth (proverbially, of course). We'll see how far they can go in the NCAA Tournament this year.