The No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks will take on the No. 18 Butler Bulldogs this week in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The two teams are part of the East region, playing in the same bracket as No. 1 seed Villanova.
Preview: Arkansas, this past season, finished with a 23-11 record and a 10-8 mark in the SEC. Butler finished with a 20-13 overall record with a 9-9 record in the Big East. The Bulldogs were ousted by Villanova in the Big East Tournament, while the Razorbacks fell to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament.
Arkansas gets most of its scoring from Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon. Daniel Gafford also pitches in with 11.9 points per game.
Butler’s top dog is senior forward Kelan Martin. He averages 20.8 points per game.
Gotta love love TV. Second time in four years we've been live as the team sees its bid. It's off to Detroit. No. 7 seed Arkansas faces No. 10 seed Butler pic.twitter.com/s6ds33hmlV
— Kyle Deckelbaum (@KATVKyle) March 11, 2018
You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 3:10 PM ET
TV Channel: truTV
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Sparkanel, Allie LaForce
Opening Betting Line: Pick’em via 5Dimes
For Arkansas, this is their 32nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Butler Bulldogs will be making their 16th appearance in the Big Dance.
Prediction: This is one of the hardest games to predict in the First Round. The result likely hinges on how well Arkansas shoots the ball from deep. We’ll take the Razorbacks by two buckets.