The Arkansas Razorbacks (25-9) are the No. 8 seed in the South Region, and will take on the No. 9 seed Seton Hall Pirates (21-11). The game will be played at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC on Friday, March 17.
Preview: Arkansas clinched the No. 8 seed by making it to the SEC Tournament Title Game, despite losing to Kentucky. They are led by senior guard Dusty Hannahs, who averages 14.6 points per game.
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Seton Hall reached the tournament with huge wins over Butler, Creighton, and Marquette. They are led by Khadeen Carrington, who averages 16.9 points per game. You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see how the committee ranked the teams 1-68 here.
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 1:30 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: TNT
Location: Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Lewis Johnson
Opening Betting Line: Arkansas -1, via OddsShark
Arkansas’ last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2015. As a No. 5 seed, the Razorbacks made it to the Second Round, where they lost to No. 4 North Carolina by a score of 87-78.
Seton Hall’s last NCAA Tournament appearance was last season. The No. 6 Pirates lost to No. 11 Gonzaga in the First Round of the by a score of 68-52.
Prediction: Seton Hall plays in the tougher conference, and has faced a more difficult road to get here. The Pirates are battle tested and want to get revenge for being bounced in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Take the Pirates.