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No. 1 Seed Kansas to Face No. 8 Seed Arkansas Saturday

DES MOINES, Iowa – No. 1 seed Kansas (28-7) continues its defense of its 2022 ] National Championship against No. 8 seed Arkansas (21-13) on Saturday, March 18, at 4:15 p.m. CT, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The game will be televised on CBS.


  • Kansas won its 16th-straight NCAA Tournament first-round game with a 96-68 victory against Howard on March 16. Arkansas advanced to the round of 32 with a 73-63 win against Illinois.
  • Kansas’ 33-consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, beginning in 1990, is the longest active streak and the longest consecutive in NCAA Tournament appearance history.
  • Since seeding in the NCAA Tournament began in 1979, Kansas enters the event a No. 1 seed for the 16th time overall and fifth time in the last seven tournaments. KU has been a No. 1 seed in 1986-92-95-97-98-2002-07-08-10-11-13-16-17-18-22-23. Kansas is 46-13 all-time as a No. 1 seed.

Game Recaps

No. 1 seed Kansas Cruises past Howard, 96-68, in NCAA First Round

DES MOINES, Iowa – All five Jayhawks scored in double-figures, led by 20 points from redshirt junior Jalen Wilson, as No. 1 seed Kansas defeated No. 16 seed Howard, 96-68, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday.

Kansas improved to 28-7 on the season, winning their 16th-straight first round game. The defending National Champions improved to 46-13 all-time as the No. 1 seed and 17-0 against the No. 16 seed.

Freshman Gradey Dick scored 19 points on 7-of-13 from the field, paired with 11 rebounds. Dick’s double-double marked the first of his career, while he is the first KU freshman to record a double-double in a tournament game since March 25, 2017, when Josh Jackson scored 10 points and 12 rebounds against Oregon.

Paired with Wilson and Dick, all five Jayhawks scored in double-figures for the seventh time this season, including Wilson’s 20 points, Dick’s 19 points, K.J. Adams’ 13 points, Dajuan Harris’ 11 points and Kevin McCullar’s 10 points.

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Pregame Prep Rally

Jayhawk fans in Des Moines, our official Pregame Pep Rally is set for 1:15 PM at the Iowa Event Center! Ticket is required for admission, children 8 and under may attend at no cost!

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