Arkansas connections in the NCAA Tournament

By: Scottie Bordelon Scottie Bordelon's Twitter account
Published: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Houston forward Reggie Chaney (32) shoots as Tulane forward Kevin Cross defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Houston forward Reggie Chaney (32) shoots as Tulane forward Kevin Cross defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

As the 2021 NCAA Tournament gets underway Thursday, here is a list of participants who formerly played or coached at Arkansas and how their seasons have gone to this point:

Reggie Chaney — Houston

The most recent player to transfer from Arkansas found a home with veteran coach Kelvin Sampson and a great deal of team success in 2020-21. The Cougars enter the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed and will play 15-seed Cleveland State on Friday at 6:15 p.m. on TruTV.

Houston (24-3) won the American Athletic Conference Tournament championship after defeating Cincinnati 91-54 on Sunday.

Chaney has played in all 27 games this season and is averaging 4.9 points on 65.3% shooting and 2.8 rebounds per game. He has started six of the last seven games, including each game in the league tournament.

The Cougars are 8-0 in games Chaney has been in the starting lineup.

Chaney reached double figures in scoring three times, adding a career-high 18 points against Alcorn State on Dec. 20. He is shooting 71.7% at the free throw line after making less than 53% of his attempts in each season with the Razorbacks.

Gabe Osabuohien — West Virginia

Osabuohien showed flashes of great defense and a nose for rebounding in his time at Arkansas, and he has grown in those areas with the Mountaineers (18-9). West Virginia is a No. 3 seed in this year’s tournament and faces 14-seed Morehead State on Friday at 8:50 p.m. on TruTV.

He is averaging 1.7 points on 35.1% shooting and 4.3 rebounds per game. He is second on the team in steals per game at 1.4.

According to KenPom analytics, Osabuohien ranks 14th nationally with a steal rate of 4.5%. He was also in the top 20 in the Big 12 in offensive and defensive rebound rate, assist rate and block percentage.

Osabuohien, who was dismissed from the Razorbacks’ program following the 2018-19 season, has scored in double figures once in 2020-21: 10 points vs. No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga on Dec. 2.

RJ Glasper — Oral Roberts

A walk-on at Arkansas under former Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson, Glasper’s path to the NCAA Tournament with Oral Roberts has been interesting. He spent time at Division II Arkansas Tech before landing with the Golden Eagles (16-10).

They will take on 2-seed Ohio State on Friday at 2 p.m. on CBS.

Glasper is Oral Roberts’ third-leading scorer at 11 points per game on 43.5% shooting and 35.2% from three-point range. On Dec. 20, he scored 14 points on 5 of 13 from the floor against Arkansas in Bud Walton Arena.

A senior guard, Glasper has played in 18 games and scored in double figures 12 times. He has not played in the Golden Eagles’ last eight games.

During Summit League play, Glasper ranked in the top 20 in assist rate and steal percentage, and owned the No. 15 offensive rating, per KenPom.

Isaac Brown — Wichita State head coach

A former assistant coach at Arkansas, Brown took over the head coaching job with the Shockers amid turmoil in the program. Gregg Marshall resigned following an internal investigation into allegations of physical and verbal abuse.

According to Wichita State, Brown, who has been with the school since 2014, is the first Black men’s basketball coach at a Division I program in the state of Kansas.

He took over as the Shockers’ interim coach in November and led the team to a 16-5 season and No. 11 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Wichita State finished American Athletic Conference play 11-2 and went 1-1 in the league tournament, falling to Cincinnati.

Brown, the AAC coach of the year in 2021, served as an assistant with the Razorbacks from 2007-10 under John Pelphrey. The Shockers will play 11-seed Drake in a play-in game on Thursday at 5:27 p.m. on TBS.


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