Kansas' season ends with loss to Arkansas in second round

Shreyas Laddha, The Kansas City Star on

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Kansas forward Jalen Wilson couldn’t hide his look of irritation.

After squandering a 10-point lead against Arkansas, the Jayhawks made things difficult for themselves. Wilson was frustrated after turning the ball over late off his leg. Not to mention, KU kept missing pivotal free throws when the game was tight.

Kansas had plenty of chances but failed to do the little things. That’s ultimately why the Jayhawks’ season is now over.

No. 8 Arkansas upset the No. 1 Jayhawks, 72-71, to advance into the Sweet 16. Kansas last lost in the Round of 32 in 2021, losing to USC, 85-51.

Davonte Davis finished with 25 points while Ricky Council added 21 more points for the Razorbacks (22-13), who will play the winner of No. 4 UConn and No. 5 St. Mary’s in the Sweet 16.

Jalen Wilson scored 20 points and KJ Adams added 14 more for KU (28-8).


Late in the game, the Jayhawks had the ball down three and Wilson was fouled with three seconds left. Wilson made both free throws — he tried to miss the second but banked it in — and the clock expired as Arkansas inbounded the ball.

Before that, Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV made two free throws to put the Razorbacks up three points.

Another big sequence late in the game: After making one free throw to go up one, Council missed the second but collected his own rebound. He was fouled and made both free throws and Arkansas went up 70-67 with 20 seconds left.

Prior to that, Council missed a jumper, but Kamani Johnson made the second-chance layup to put Arkansas up two points with 47 seconds left. Wilson was fouled during the next possession and converted both free throws to tie the game.


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