Arkansas Razorbacks Men's Basketball

We knew there would be madness. We knew there would be chaos. We didn’t know there would be two wedgies (when the basketball gets stuck between the rim and backboard) less than five minutes into Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team’s opening NCAA Tournament matchup versus The Fighting Illinis of Illinois. That’s the kind of March Madness that can’t be predicted. If a first half double wedgie bet existed on the Bet Saracen app and you put $100 on it, you’d probably be taking the rest of the tournament off work to just enjoy the games and rest during the week.


There were a record six wedgies today across all games, and the night was still relatively young as I wrote this at 9:49 p.m.

The 8-seeded Hogs (21-13, 8-10 SEC) were led by junior guard Ricky Council IV, who had his first double double as a Razorback with 18 points and 10 rebounds.


Junior guard Davonte “Devo” Davis β€” who seems to be at his absolute best in March β€” was disruptive for Illinois in every way possible, forcing turnovers, grabbing rebounds and knocking down three pointers. Davis finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four steals.


Some March moments are just too big, and the madness can’t be contained. For the Razorbacks that moment occurred when freshman guard Nick Smith Jr. fouled his own teammate, senior forward Kamani Johnson, after Johnson made a basket under the rim between three Illinois defenders.


The Razorbacks defeated 9-seeded Illinois 73-63. Razorbacks Head Coach Eric Musselman is now 3-0 in the first round of the tournament since joining the Hogs in the 2019-2020 season, and his shoes are always impeccable.

You simply must hit play on the tweet below to see the locker room celebration, one of Musselman’s greatest strengths.

Before the game, Musselman got to meet Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentlemen Douglas Emhoff. Vice President Harris was in Des Moines to see her alma mater, No. 16 seed Howard University, play No. 1 seed Kansas.

Illinois fans were dejected but respectful in the Twitter comment sections despite all the memes from Razorback fans and Twitter trolls.


The Hogs will play Kansas on CBS at 4:15 p.m. Saturday in the round of 32.