March Madness: Another No.1 seed falls as Kansas upsets No.8 seed Arkansas

(CNN) After Friday night’s historic upset that saw 16th-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson’s no. 1. Purdue, the craziness continued on the first day of the second round.

Another No. 1 seed was sent packing Saturday after No. 8 Arkansas upset top-seeded and defending national champion Kansas 72-71 in Des Moines, Iowa.

According to ESPN, this is just the third time multiple No. 1 seeds have failed to make the Sweet 16 since the NCAA expanded the tournament field in 1985.

Trailing 35-27 at the half, the Razorbacks came back and took the lead thanks to a layup by Kamani Johnson with just under a minute to play. Kansas tied the game just 12 seconds later thanks to two Jalen Wilson free throws to set up the grand finale.

But five free throws from Ricky Council IV put the game out of Kansas’ reach, and Arkansas held on for the school’s third straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Davonte Davis scored a game-high 25 points for the Razorbacks to lead the second-half comeback, while Council added another 21 points.

The Razorbacks held on to beat the Jayhawks.

“It’s awesome to see all the fans come out,” Davis said afterward. “My mom wasn’t even going to come, and I told her, I said, come down. She drove down. It took seven hours. She came down, glad she got to experience this.”

In a chaotic celebration after the buzzer, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman took off his shirt and pumped up the Razorback fans in attendance at Wells Fargo Arena.

“It’s such an incredible win for our program,” Musselman said on the CBS broadcast. “I keep telling people we’re getting better. Not many teams can get better at this time of year. I’ve never been more proud of a team than tonight.”

The Jayhawks were without head coach Bill Self, who missed both of his team’s games in March Madness while recovering from a “recent health issue” at the school.

The Razorbacks will face the winner of Connecticut and St. Marys on March 23 in Las Vegas.

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