Arkansas Misses NCAA Tourney For Sixth Straight Season

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will not play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

The Razorbacks were left out by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, which revealed its 68-team NCAA Tournament field Sunday night. It is the sixth straight season Arkansas has not made the NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks last trip came in 2008, when it beat Indiana in a first-round game and lost to North Carolina.

Arkansas (21-11) damaged its hopes of getting back into the NCAA Tournament with back-to-back losses to Alabama in the regular season finale and South Carolina in its SEC Tournament opener. Both teams finished the season below .500.

Only three SEC teams made the field for the second straight season. Florida is a No. 1 seed, while Kentucky is a No. 8 seed. Tennessee is seeded 11th, but will have to play one of the four first-round games in Dayton early this week.

The Razorbacks now will wait for the National Invitation Tournament to announce its 32-team field at 7:30 p.m. Arkansas will likely earn a spot in the field, which would signal its first postseason appearance in six seasons.

Arkansas has not played in the NIT since 1997, when it reached the Final Four.

“Whatever is next for the taking, we’ll take it,” Arkansas guard Ky Madden said after the South Carolina loss last Thursday. “Whatever it is — if it’s the NCAA or the NIT — we’ve got to come out and win. We need to win the whole thing.”

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau