DETROIT — Arkansas picked a bad day for a poor shooting performance. The Hogs’ season came to an end Friday as they shot just 35.7 percent — 22.2 percent from 3-point range — during a 79-62 loss to Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Arkansas — the No. 7 seed in the East Region — ends its season at 23-12. The No. 10 seed Bulldogs (21-13) advance to face Purdue on Sunday.
While the Hogs couldn’t find their shooting touch, Butler was the complete opposite. The Bulldogs made 49.2 percent of their shots from the field. They also hit on 42.3 percent of their 26 attempts from 3-point range.
Arkansas’ had a disastrous start Friday, falling behind by 19 points after the first seven minutes. The Hogs bounced back quickly, though, outscoring the Bulldogs 29-15 over the final 13 minutes of the first half. The comeback was started by a 3-point play from senior guard Daryl Macon, and Arkansas even took a momentary 2-point lead.
The highlight: Bench play
The Razorbacks’ bench was the only reason they got back in the game. After falling behind by 19 points early, a few key substitutions helped turn things around. In the first half, Darious Hall (+16), Arlando Cook (+11) and Trey Thompson (+3) were the only Hogs with a positive plus/minus for Arkansas.
The lowlight: Opening six minutes
Arkansas’ cold shooting wasn’t ideal, but the slow start really put the Hogs in a bind. As previously mentioned, Arkansas couldn’t have had a worse start. The Hogs trailed 21-2 just seven minutes into the game. Though they made a comeback, they exerted a lot of energy in the process.
This closes the book on Arkansas’ 2017-18 season. The Hogs came up one win short of advancing as far as they did in the NCAA Tournament last season.
It’s also the final game for standout senior guards Daryl Macon and Jaylen Barford. The same may be true for freshman center Daniel Gafford if he opts to enter the NBA draft.
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