FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Just a couple hours after making the program’s sixth SEC Tournament championship appearance, the Arkansas men’s basketball team will return to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed in the West Region and will take on No. 12 seed Wofford in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday.
The NCAA Tournament appearance will be Razorbacks’ first since 2008 and the program’s 30th overall. Arkansas earned an at-large bid after finishing second in the SEC regular season standings and second in the SEC Tournament.
Arkansas enters March Madness at 26-8 overall, its most wins since the 1994-95 season. The Razorbacks have won 10 of its past 13 with all three losses coming to NCAA Tournament teams. Arkansas is 5-5 this season against teams that earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Razorbacks are led by the SEC Player of the Year, Bobby Portis. The sophomore forward is averaging 17.7 points per game this season, the most by an Arkansas player since 2005-06, and 8.8 rebounds per contest. He’s the first Razorback to win SEC Player of the Year honors since Corliss Williamson in 1995.
Junior guard Michael Qualls was named to the SEC All-Tournament team after scoring 53 points over the three games. He is averaging 15.4 points per game this season, good for seventh in the conference.
This will be the second all-time meeting between Arkansas and Wofford. The Razorbacks defeated the Terriers, 67-45, to open the 2007-08 season at Bud Walton Arena.
Game time, television and ticket information will be released later. Fans can follow @RazorbackMBB for updates.