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Question of the Day: Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Just win, baby. Or, less preferred, just lose.
Really, it is that simple for the Arkansas basketball team. They sit as a consensus 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament as of Friday morning. Well, a composite 8 seed.
Arkansas’ competition its last three games — at Alabama, home against Auburn, at Missouri — is quality enough that if the Razorbacks win all three they would no doubt move up. They might not move up to, say, a 5 seed. But a 7 seed is likely. Perhaps even a 6.
A 7 seed puts Arkansas next to a 2 seed in the second round. Of course, Arkansas would have to get past a similarly talented 10 seed. Not a given.
The other direction is possible, too. Arkansas won’t be expected to win any of its next three games by Las Vegas. Three straight losses to end the season — well, four if you include a recent loss to Kentucky — might be enough to send Arkansas all the way out of the NCAA Tournament. Not sure I’d bet on that, though. Definitely would put the Hogs on the bubble.
Say, instead, Arkansas wins one of three. What happens then? Best bet is Arkansas falls a bit. A 10 seed or thereabouts. Ostensibly it’s the same position as the 7 seed, though arguably better than an 8 or 9, seeing as how it avoids the 1 seeds.
The best way is to simply pick up victories. Easier said than done, but that’s college basketball. If Arkansas wants to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament it’s going to have to beat teams that are, on paper, better than the Hogs. May as well start now.