Bubble Watch: Arkansas Basketball’s Bubble Bursts In SEC Tournament Loss
The Arkansas Razorbacks clinched a postseason berth on Thursday, but it was to the NIT instead of the NCAA tournament. Arkansas lost its opener in the SEC tournament, which knocks the Razorbacks out of bubble contention and leaves the team in complete shock, as they were virtually in the tournament a week ago, before suffering two bad losses to close the season. The season has been one of ups and downs for the hogs, but ends in heartbreak for Arkansas, as the team sustained a total collapse at the most crucial juncture in the season.
The Razorbacks’ run towards a tournament berth was ended Thursday when the team fell to the South Carolina Gamecocks 71-69 in the second round of the SEC tournament. The fifth seeded Razorbacks’ second half comeback just fell short, as the 13th-seeded Gamecocks held on late to capture a spot in the third round of the conference tournament. The Razorbacks’ loss came on a day the three-point shot just would not fall for the team, as Arkansas went 3-14 from behind the arc in the loss and got out worked on the glass, losing the rebounding battle 40-24. South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell gutted the Razorbacks all day, scoring 17 points on just 4-8 shooting from the floor.
Arkansas’ resume is as solid as any other bubble teams’ on paper, but the Razorbacks have pinned themselves into a corner in the last week of the season by losing to two teams with an RPI south of 115.
The Razorbacks will still hold out hope and anxiously wait for Selection Sunday, but Arkansas supporters should not hold their breath, as the hogs were unable to save their bacon when it mattered most.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.