March Madness: Arkansas Razorbacks pull off unbelievable upset over No. 1 Gonzaga

Stanley Umude, Arkansas Basketball

Arkansas Basketball; Mar 24, 2022; San Francisco, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Julian Strawther (0) shoots the ball against Arkansas Razorbacks guard Stanley Umude (0) during the first half in the semifinals of the West regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Chase Center. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

The Arkansas Razorbacks, armed with a balanced attack, great defense and a game plan to neutralize freshman phenom Chet Holmgren, pulled off the unbelievable upset of the No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2022 March Madness tournament on March 24.

The Hogs got stellar output from Fort Smith, Ark. native Jaylin Williams, who recorded X X all while having the toughest defensive assignment of guarding Gonzaga’s Drew Timme.

The Razorbacks stayed calm under pressure, controlling the game clock in the final minutes. They were able to attack Holmgren and made him draw fouls. Holmgren fouled out of the game with 3:30 left in the game and the score 62-56 in Arkansas’ favor.

Arkansas Basketball stuck to their game plan and got their first ever March Madness win over a No. 1 seed

The Razorbacks got a huge boost from All-American JD Notae, who finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

Arkansas Basketball Head Coach Eric Musselman brought in the closer, 5’7″ Chris Lykes, an 87.1% free throw shooter, to make the biggest free throws of his career to put the game on ice with 15 seconds left in the game.

A block off the backboard with 8 seconds left in the game by Au’Diese Toney sealed Gonzaga’s fate and enabled the Razorbacks to get the massive upset over tournament-favorites Gonzaga.

Arkansas won the game 74-68 in unbelievable fashion.

The Hogs are going to the Elite 8 for the second consecutive season and will play the winner of Duke vs Texas Tech for the right to go to the Final Four in the 2022 NCAA Men’s March Madness tournament.

The Hogs will be one of 8 teams remaining in the tournament competing for the college basketball national championship.