March Madness: Another No. 1 seed falls as Kansas gets upset by No. 8 seed Arkansas

(CNN) After Friday night’s historic upset where No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson upset No. 1 Purdue, the madness continued into the first day of round two.

Another No. 1 seed was wrapped on Saturday after No. 8 Arkansas stunned the top seed and defending National Champion Kansas 72-71 in Des Moines, Iowa.

According to ESPN, it is only the third time multiple No. 1 seeds have failed to reach the Sweet 16 since the NCAA expanded the tournament field in 1985.

Trailing 35-27 at halftime, the Razorbacks came back to take the lead thanks to a Kamani Johnson layup with just under a minute to play. Kansas tied the score just 12 seconds later thanks to two free throws from Jalen Wilson to set up a final in the stands.

But five Ricky Council IV free throws put the game just out of Kansas’ reach, and Arkansas held on to advance to the school’s third straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Davonte Davis threw 25 points in the game for the Razorbacks, leading their comeback in the second half, while Council added another 21.

The Razorbacks held on to beat the Jayhawks.

“It’s great to see all the fans coming,” Davis said afterwards. “My mom wouldn’t even come and I said to her, I said come on down. She drove down. It took about seven hours. She came down, glad she got to experience this.”

During the chaotic celebrations after the buzzer, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman took off his shirt and pumped up the Razorback fans in attendance at Wells Fargo Arena.

“That’s such an incredible win for our program,” Musselman told the CBS broadcast. “I keep telling people we’re getting better. Not many teams can get better at this time of year. I’ve never been more proud of a team than tonight.”

The Jayhawks were without their head coach Bill Self, who missed both of his team’s games at March Madness as he recovers from what the school calls a “recent health issue.”

The Razorbacks will play the winner of Connecticut and St. Marys on March 23 in Las Vegas.

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