Darious Hall provides hope for Arkansas' future in disappointing NCAA Tournament loss

Butler (10) vs. Arkansas (7) Odds: March Madness Prediction

We just talked about survive and advance. "They've got firepower and some offensive weapons that can get you back in the game". He has 10, but just forced a pair of tough shots, the last of which led to a Martin dunk on the other end. That game will take place on Sunday.

"I wasn't focused", Gafford said. "We'll have to respond in the moment, but I believe that's a big part of the game".

"So I had to adjust, and it was too late". "I don't want to be just one-stepping and two-stepping". The 6-foot-11 Gafford is a two-way star, shooting almost 62 percent from the field on offense and averaging more than two blocks on defense.

The Bulldogs' only opening loss in that span was against LSU 75-71 in 2009.

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"We just didn't try to leave anybody on an island, and I think our team did a really good job of that tonight, " Wideman said.

Arkansas must get plenty of help from the guards and alternating big men Gafford and 6-9 senior Forrest City High School grad Trey Thompson on Martin, but the principal responsibilities befall Arkansas' largely anonymous rotating forwards. "They can get scrappy on defense". "That's been the case the past two decades". Kelan Martin scored 27 points and Kamar Baldwin added 24 for Butler, which advanced to face second-seeded Purdue on Sunday. And though he is only in his first season as the Bulldog coach, LaVall Jordan has been around the game long enough to know full well what to expect from an Arkansas squad. "They missed some open shots as well".

Hall and Cook contributed to Arkansas' 27-6 first-half run when the Razorbacks moved ahead 29-27 after trailing 21-2.

"Obviously teams don't apply it the way we do it", Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson said Tuesday before the Razorbacks practiced at Walton Arena. And I thought that would spur us on. "Give them credit. I thought they played well". McDermott was the only other Butler player in double figures scoring with 11.

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The bracket offers a chance for a potential in-state matchup between the Indianapolis-based Bulldogs, of the Big East Conference, and the Big Ten's Purdue Boilermakers of West Lafayette, Ind.

The Bulldogs had five dunks to two for the Razorbacks.

Up front, Arkansas starts 6-11 freshman sensation Daniel Gafford, of El Dorado, vaulting towards one-and-done National Basketball Association projections for his ability to run the floor and block shots. The 20-rebound margin was Butler's largest over an opponent this season. He also dished out five of the team's 15 assists for the game. Overall, the Hogs were 8-8 against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams, with the victories by an average of 10 points - this is a very different club at home. The Razorbacks immediately forced a pair of turnovers, but couldn't convert them into points. Butler had struggled with the SEC in past tournaments, but they handled the Razorbacks and grabbed the 79-62 victory.

Butler joined the Big East for the 2013-14 season.

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Both have tournament-tested teams with star personnel, quality depth and tradition to keep either from looking beyond today's first round. The Pirates were charter members of the Big East when it was formed in 1979.


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