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Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV Leads Razorbacks to Stunning Upset of Defending National Champion Kansas in NCAA Tournament

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Key takeaways:

  • Arkansas stunned No. 1 seed Kansas 72-71 in the NCAA Tournament
  • Ricky Council IV made five free throws in the closing seconds to put the game just beyond Kansas’ reach
  • No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson also pulled off a historic upset over No. 1 Purdue on Friday night

On Saturday, the NCAA Tournament saw another No. 1 seed sent packing as eighth-seeded Arkansas stunned top seed and defending national champion Kansas 72-71 in Des Moines, Iowa. The game came down to the wire, with Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV making five free throws in the closing seconds to put the game just beyond Kansas’ reach.

The Razorbacks’ victory was met with jubilation from the team and their fans. Coach Eric Musselman celebrated in his traditional fashion, jumping onto the press table and ripping off his red polo shirt, waving it over his head as he shouted. His players rushed across the floor at the final buzzer to join in the celebration.

Kansas had a chance to level the score with 12 seconds left, but two Jalen Wilson free throws set up a grandstand finale. Despite the Jayhawks’ best efforts, they were unable to close the gap and Arkansas held on for the win.

The Razorbacks’ victory was the second upset of the day, following No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson’s historic win over No. 1 Purdue on Friday night. With the NCAA Tournament in full swing, fans can expect to see more thrilling upsets in the coming days.

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