Arkansas participated in the 1936 U.S. Olympic Playoffs, winning their college district championship. They then advanced to the Olympic Trials in Madison Square Garden but lost to Hollywood Universal, an AAU team, in the first round of 8-team tournament consisting of 5 college district champions, 2 AAU teams and 1 YMCA team.
Some members of the Universal team were eventually selected to represent the U.S. in the '36 Olympics in Berlin, and won Gold after going undefeated.
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