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Arkansas earns 8-seed in NCAA Tournament, will open against Illinois in first round

Razorbacks drawn into West Region, will face Illini in Des Moines.
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Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman, middle, and players react during the second half of a college basketball game against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament in San Francisco, Thursday, March 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Razorback men's basketball team is going dancing for the third straight season.

Arkansas learned Sunday it will be an 8-seed in the West Region of this year's NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks are paired up against 9-seed Illinois in the first round taking place in Des Moines, Iowa. 

The winner of Thursday's game will take on the winner of Kansas and Howard in the Round of 32.

The Hogs enter this year's big dance at 20-13 on the season and are coming off a quarterfinal exit in the SEC Tournament.

Head coach Eric Musselman will be hoping his Hogs can replicate the runs his teams have made the last two years in March, with Arkansas coming off back-to-back Elite Eight appearances. 

By taking the Hogs to a third straight NCAA tournament, it marks the first time Arkansas has accomplished that feat since 2008.

The Razorbacks will be playing in their 35th overall NCAA Tournament. Arkansas has managed to win at least one tournament game in 24 of those appearances. The Hogs' combined record in the big dance is 48-34 and 6-2 under Eric Musselman.

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