Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas vs. Kansas at the NCAA Tournament: How to watch and listen, team comparisons
Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) grabs a rebound in the first half of a first-round college basketball game against Howard in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 16, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
WHEN Saturday, 4:15 p.m.
WHERE Wells Fargo Arena (16,110) in Des Moines, Iowa
RECORDS Arkansas 21-13; Kansas 28-7
STREAK Arkansas won 1; Kansas won 1
SERIES Kansas leads 8-5
LAST MEETING Arkansas defeated Kansas 65-64 on Nov. 22, 2005, at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.
COACHES Arkansas: Eric Musselman — 94-41 in fourth season at Arkansas and 204-75 in eighth season overall; Kansas: Bill Self — 584-131 in 20th season at Kansas and 791-236 in 30th season overall.
RADIO Razorback Sports Network can be accessed through local FM and AM affiliates. The game will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One.
TELEVISION The game will be televised by CBS and can be accessed via the NCAA March Madness Live app.
ANNOUNCERS Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Jim Jackson (analyst) and Allie LaForce (sideline)
BETTING LINE Kansas is a 4 1/2-point favorite, according to Saracen Casino Resort.
• Anthony Black humble and tough in the spotlight
• Hogs hope to add to Kansas' 2nd-round history
• Makhi Mitchell on a roll in the postseason
• Opponents draw comparisons to Arkansas and Texas
NOTABLE The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA West Regional in Las Vegas. The loser will be eliminated....Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the West Region and the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks defeated Howard 96-68 on Thursday....Kansas coach Bill Self has missed the team's last four games after undergoing a heart procedure before the Big 12 Tournament. Self also missed the team's first five games while serving a suspension. Norm Roberts has served as the Jayhawks' coach will Self out. Self is in Des Moines and could potentially coach Saturday's game....Kansas is 47-16 in NCAA Tournament games under Self. Self has a 56-21 record at the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks won their second national championship under Self last season....Self has a 3-2 all-time record against Arkansas. Self's Illinois teams were 2-0 against the Razorbacks with wins in Chicago in December 2001 and North Little Rock in December 2002. Self was 1-2 against Arkansas while at Oral Roberts from 1993-97....Arkansas is 7-2 in NCAA Tournament games under fourth-year coach Eric Musselman....Musselman has an NCAA Tournament record of 9-5. Musselman coached Nevada to the tournament three times before coaching the Razorbacks....North Dakota State, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Baylor and Kentucky were common opponents for Arkansas and Kansas during the regular season. The Jayhawks went 6-2 in games against those teams and the Razorbacks were 4-4....Kansas forward Jalen Wilson was voted a first-team All-American by The Associated Press and was the Big 12 player of the year.
KANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
POS. NAME, HT., YR.; PPG; RPG
G Dajuan Harris, 6-1, R-Jr.; 8.8; 2.5
G Gradey Dick, 6-8, Fr.; 14.3; 5.1
G Kevin McCullar, 6-6, R-Sr.; 10.6; 7.1
F Jalen Wilson, 6-8, R-Jr.; 20.1; 8.4
F KJ Adams, 6-7, So.; 10.5; 4.4
ARKANSAS PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
POS. NAME, HT., YR.; PPG; RPG
G Nick Smith, 6-5, Fr.; 13.5; 1.7
G Anthony Black, 6-7, Fr.; 12.8; 5.1
G Davonte Davis, 6-3, Jr.; 10.7; 4.3
G Ricky Council, 6-6, Jr.; 16.0; 3.6
F Kamani Johnson, 6-7, Sr.; 2.2; 2.8
Kansas – Arkansas
75.5 Points for 74.4
67.9 Points against 67.3
+1.3 Rebound margin +2.6
+2.1 Turnover margin +1.6
46.7 FG pct. 47.2
34.6 3-PT pct. 31.6
72.0 FT pct. 69.2
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