Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman couldn’t comprise himself.
The 58-year-old head coach ripped off his shirt following one of many largest wins of his profession, a 72-71 win over the No. 1-seeded and defending champion Kansas Jayhawks.
Arkansas, a No. 8 seed, punched its ticket to the Candy 16 with the win.
“That’s such an unbelievable win for our program,” Musselman mentioned after the upset victory. “I hold telling folks that we’re getting higher. Not many groups can get higher this time of 12 months. I’ve by no means been prouder of a group like tonight.”
The third-year Arkansas coach jumped on the scorer’s desk proper after the buzzer sounded, pumping his fist to hype up a wild Arkansas crowd in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ricky Council IV made 5 clutch free throws within the closing seconds to shut out the win for Musselman’s Razorbacks.
Arkansas beforehand upset Gonzaga, who was additionally ranked as a No. 1 seed final season, underneath Musselman.
Earlier than the pinnacle coach joined the Razorbacks, Arkansas was 0-10 towards No. 1-seeded groups within the NCAA Match.
The top coach has whipped off his shirt earlier than – whereas teaching Nevada in 2018, he was seen celebrating shirtless within the locker room after pulling off a 22-point comeback towards then-No. 2-seeded Cincinnati.
He additionally took off his shirt after profitable towards then-No. 1 Auburn final season.
Whereas Arkansas’ head coach was loud, and shirtless, Kansas was with out its head coach, Invoice Self, on the sideline attributable to a medical problem.
Arkansas beforehand ousted Illinois within the NCAA Match’s first spherical on Thursday earlier than dealing with Kansas.
The Razorbacks will tackle the winner of No. 5 St. Mary’s and No. 4 UConn in a Candy 16 matchup.
— With AP