The Arkansas Razorbacks basketball program has been very successful over the years in the NCAA Tournament. Dating back to 1941, the Razorbacks have been a consistent presence in March, often times making a deep run in the tournament. Arkansas has made six Final Fours in their history and have won an impressive 35+ games in the Big Dance. The Razorbacks have made over 28 NCAA Tournaments, 6 Final Fours and won the National Championship in 1994.
The Razorbacks became a national power in the 1990s under head coach Nolan Richardson. Richardson led Arkansas to eight consecutive tournament appearances from 1988-1996. During this streak, the Razorbacks were one of the nation’s best teams in terms of overall wins. Richardson coached Arkansas to six Sweet 16 appearances in this stretch including three Final Four appearances. The Razorbacks have yet to reach this level since and have had a few coaching changes since their prominence in the 90s.
Arkansas reached the pinnacle in 1994 under Richardson with their lone national championship. The Razorbacks defeated the legendary Duke Blue Devils 76-72 and finished the season with 31 victories. Forward Corliss Williamson scored 23 points in the title game and won Most Outstanding Player for his performance throughout the tournament. Richardon led Arkansas back to the national championship the following season to defend their title, but the Razorbacks fell to the very talented UCLA Bruins 89-78.
Arkansas Razorbacks Recent NCAA Tourament History
In 2008, Arkansas appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in the first round by the score of 86-72. Unfortunately, their run was short lived as they ran up against number one seed North Carolina and lost to the Tar Heels by the score 108-77.