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Defending and Eventual National Champions

Here's the complete list of Arkansas' games against defending (previous season's) and eventual (that season's) NCAA Tournament champions.

Defending NCAA Champions

Season Rank Date Location Opponent (defending champ)
Score
Note
2017-18
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 Portland, OR #9 North Carolina
L 68-87
Phil Knight Invitational (Semifinal)
2012-13
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 Fayetteville, AR Kentucky
W 73-60
2011-12
Sat, Dec 3, 2011 Hartford, CT #8 Connecticut
L 62-75
Big East/SEC Challenge
2008-09
Sat, Jan 17, 2009 Gainesville, FL Florida
L 65-80
2007-08
Sat, Feb 2, 2008 Fayetteville, AR #20 Florida
W 80-61
2006-07
Sun, Mar 11, 2007 Atlanta, GA #6 Florida
L 56-77
SEC Tournament (Championship)
2006-07
Tue, Jan 9, 2007 Gainesville, FL #2 Florida
L 72-79
1998-99
#22
Sun, Mar 7, 1999 Atlanta, GA #14 Kentucky
L 63-76
SEC Tournament (Championship)
1998-99
Sat, Feb 20, 1999 Fayetteville, AR #6 Kentucky
W 74-70
1996-97
Sun, Jan 26, 1997 Fayetteville, AR #3 Kentucky
L 73-83
1990-91
#2
Sun, Feb 10, 1991 Fayetteville, AR #1 UNLV
L 105-112
Only #1 vs #2 matchup in UA history
1983-84
#14
Sun, Nov 27, 1983 Anchorage, AK North Carolina St.
L 60-65
Great Alaska Shootout (Championship)
1980-81
#20
Sat, Mar 14, 1981 Austin, TX #12 Louisville
W 74-73
NCAA Tournament (2nd round)
1973-74
Fri, Nov 30, 1973 Los Angeles, CA #1 UCLA
L 79-101
First game vs. #1-ranked opponent
1949-50
Mon, Jan 2, 1950 Little Rock, AR Kentucky
L 53-57
1948-49
Mon, Dec 13, 1948 Lexington, KY Kentucky
L 39-76
1946-47
Fri, Jan 24, 1947 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma St.
L 44-49 OT
1946-47
Wed, Jan 22, 1947 Little Rock, AR Oklahoma St.
L 38-42
1945-46
Sat, Feb 16, 1946 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma St.
L 31-46
1945-46
Fri, Feb 15, 1946 Stillwater, OK Oklahoma St.
L 29-53

Eventual NCAA Champions

Season Rank Date Location Opponent (eventual champ)
Score
Note
2020-21
#10
Mon, Mar 29, 2021 Indianapolis, IN #3 Baylor
L 72-81
NCAA Tournament (Elite 8)
2016-17
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 Greenville, SC #6 North Carolina
L 65-72
NCAA Tournament (2nd Round)
2011-12
Tue, Jan 17, 2012 Lexington, KY #2 Kentucky
L 63-86
2006-07
Sun, Mar 11, 2007 Atlanta, GA #6 Florida
L 56-77
SEC Tournament (Championship)
2006-07
Tue, Jan 9, 2007 Gainesville, FL #2 Florida
L 72-79
2005-06
Fri, Mar 10, 2006 Nashville, TN #16 Florida
L 71-74
SEC Tournament (Quarterfinals)
2005-06
Sat, Feb 18, 2006 Fayetteville, AR #10 Florida
W 85-81 OT
1997-98
#16
Sat, Mar 7, 1998 Atlanta, GA #7 Kentucky
L 74-99
SEC Tournament (Semifinals)
1997-98
#22
Sat, Jan 17, 1998 Lexington, KY #6 Kentucky
L 77-80 OT
1995-96
Sat, Mar 9, 1996 New Orleans, LA #1 Kentucky
L 75-95
SEC Tournament (Semifinals)
1995-96
Sun, Feb 11, 1996 Lexington, KY #2 Kentucky
L 73-88
1994-95
#6
Mon, Apr 3, 1995 Seattle, WA #1 UCLA
L 78-89
NCAA Tournament (Championship)
1992-93
#14
Fri, Mar 26, 1993 East Rutherford, NJ #4 North Carolina
L 74-80
NCAA Tournament (Sweet 16)
1990-91
#2
Wed, Nov 21, 1990 New York, NY #6 Duke
W 98-88
Preseason NIT (Semifinals)
1989-90
#11
Sat, Dec 30, 1989 Las Vegas, NV #12 UNLV
L 93-101
1984-85
Sun, Feb 3, 1985 Washington, D.C. #2 Georgetown
L 39-56
1977-78
#5
Sat, Mar 25, 1978 St. Louis, MO #1 Kentucky
L 59-64
NCAA Tournament (Semifinals)
1962-63
Thu, Dec 27, 1962 Oklahoma City, OK #3 Loyola Chicago
L 62-81
All-College Tournament
1948-49
Mon, Dec 13, 1948 Lexington, KY Kentucky
L 39-76
1945-46
Sat, Feb 16, 1946 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma St.
L 31-46
1945-46
Fri, Feb 15, 1946 Stillwater, OK Oklahoma St.
L 29-53
1944-45
Sat, Mar 24, 1945 Kansas City, MO Oklahoma St.
L 41-68
NCAA Tournament (Semifinals)
1944-45
Sat, Jan 13, 1945 El Dorado, AR Oklahoma St.
L 40-49
1944-45
Fri, Jan 12, 1945 Little Rock, AR Oklahoma St.
W 41-38
1944-45
Fri, Dec 29, 1944 Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma St.
L 34-43
All College Tournament

Rankings are from the AP Poll.

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