Seton Hall returns to NCAA Tournament, draws Arkansas

Seton Hall returns to NCAA Tournament, draws Arkansas

Seton Hall returns to NCAA Tournament, draws Arkansas

An early-morning shootaround helped remedy Malik Monk's recent scoring woes.

The Razorbacks were one of the hottest team's among power-five conferences as they had won eight of their last nine games heading into the SEC tournament championship game against No. 8 Kentucky.

Fox capped off his tournament run with 18 points, three boards, two assists and two steals in Sunday's title game win over Arkansas.

The Wildcats shot 52 percent from the field and 69 percent from the line after missing numerous chances that left openings for the Crimson Tide to stay close. Monk hit both free throws to make it 11-9. Key was fouled attempting a 3-pointer, but only made the last of the three tries to cut Kentucky's lead to 64-62. But how could they possibly be expected to earn a top seed in the big dance every year?

HARTFORD, Conn. - No. 12 SMU had been beating opponents by an average of 15 points a game this season and coach Tim Jankovich thought his team needed a test.

Monk admitted to doing a throat-slashing gesture twice during the game.

"If I would have seen it, I would have said something", Calipari said. "I mean, I've just got to learn from that".

Moments before Kingsley's flagrant foul, Arkansas guard Dusty Hannahs had committed a flagrant 1 - a lesser foul - when he set a hard screen against Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins. Give Kentucky credit. They made some big shots. Here's how the rest of the tournament shook out, and how these two teams came to face off in the final.

"It was unfortunate, but at the same time, I think anybody was intent on trying to hurt anyone", Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said.

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Vanderbilt has the second toughest strength of schedule in the country. "The Florida home game last week, then the A&M game Thursday because we knew what was at stake, and then the overtime game against Florida".

IOWA STATE 80, WEST VIRGINIA 74: The Cyclones defeated West Virginia for the program's third Big 12 tournament championship in four years in a game at Kansas City, Mo.

The victor plays: The victor of game 11, Kentucky or Alabama. And they ran into a buzzsaw on the other end of the court as the Razorbacks shot 48 percent and put four guys in double figures, led by Jaylen Barford's 18 points.

Sterling Brown added 16 points for the Mustangs (28-4).

Arkansas is in the tournament for the second time in three seasons, but for only the fifth time since 2002.

Seton Hall fans can pack the vehicle and hit the road.

It'll be the fourth time in SEC Tournament history that Kentucky and Arkansas (25-8) have met in the finals.

The victory marked the first time Alabama has won two games at the SEC tournament since the 2001-02 season when it defeated Tennessee, 91-72, and SC, 67-55.

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