It's the second time a tournament game has been decided by a freaky fouling situation, as, in another 8 vs. 9 game, Northwestern beat Vanderbilt with two free throws after Vandy mistakenly committed an intentional foul with a one-point lead.
"That's as simple as that", Arkansas head coach Mike Davis said.
"Actually, he was playing bad defense, that matador defense I tell him he plays", Anderson said. That's not from fear of the Tar Heels but respect for each other's squads and the first and only step they present to surviving for Sunday.
KEY STAT The Razorbacks outscored the Pirates 16-9 in points off of turnovers. The Pirates proceeded to make seven of their next eight shots to go on an 18-3 run to pull to their largest lead of the game, 62-54. Coach Kevin Willard and his players appeared loose and confident in the days leading up to Friday's game, a stark contrast to the way they acted last season in Denver before their first-round blowout loss to Gonzaga. "We have to shore up our rebounding". The 6-foot-10 senior scored 23 points on 13 shots to lead Arkansas.
"It's always hard when it ends", Willard said. "I think the trip was inadvertent".
Their styles seem different, with Anderson coaching his "Fastest Forty" version of former Arkansas coach and mentor Nolan Richardson's "Forty Minutes of Hell" but not their talent, Anderson said.
Said Barford: "I was surprised he pushed me like that". "So, it's a clash of styles".
Even pace might not be that far apart. Give credit to Rodriguez-he sat there and answered all the media's questions honestly despite being in obvious emotional pain. "They beat (20th-ranked) Creighton, 87-81, so they can get up and down the floor. They played really well". "Hopefully it's something we can take advantage of with our depth". Seton Hall took the lead back on a Khadeen Carrington basket, but then it seemed like doom when Jaylen Barford couldn't convert what seemed like a golden opportunity, drawing a foul but missing the front end of a one-and-one only to get his own rebound and missing the follow-up.
Carrington scored 22 points to lead Seton Hall (21-12).
The most recent Academic Progress Report from the NCAA, however, declared that all 14 varsity programs at Seton Hall achieved four-year scores higher than the national average.
"It was an unbelievable season", Delgado said. Arkansas also recorded 12 steals, double the Pirates' number of steals.
"When we're playing right, we've got multiple guys that can score", Anderson said. "We've got to get better at it". It's like if you're going to stop Moses and Dusty, there's Barford and Macon.
Arkansas plays its familiar "40 Minutes of Hell" style and puts up 80.2 points per game.