Arkansas Will Hit Road

Despite sweeping South Carolina and finishing better than it in both the SEC's regular season race and league tournament, Arkansas is not selected as one of the 16 NCAA Regional host sites while the Gamecocks - who have a better RPI - are awarded a regional.

The question of whether No. 14 Arkansas was good enough this season to be one of the NCAA's 16 NCAA Regional Hosts was answered negatively on Sunday night.

The Razorbacks (37-20) despite finishing third in the SEC's regular season race and making it toe the Final Four of the league tournament, were not selected to host one of the regionals this weekend.

South Carolina (39-18) was chosen as a host site over Arkansas, who will find out Monday at 11 a.m. where it will go to when the full 64-team field is announced on ESPN.

That's despite the fact that the Razorbacks swept the Gamecocks in South Carolina, finished higher in the regular season race and advanced further in the league tournament.

South Carolina did play the nation's 17th-toughest schedule while having 11-14 mark against the RPI's Top 50.

Arkansas had 17 wins vs. the RPI's Top 50, but its schedule strength was just 49th.

The full 64-team field will be announced Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPN.

Regular season SEC champion Vanderbilt (52-9), tournament champ LSU ((52-8) and Mississippi State (43-17) were all named as hosts as expected.

Those schools join Virginia Tech (38-20), Indiana (43-14), North Carolina (52-8), Virginia (47-10), Oregon State (45-10), Oregon (45-14), Cal State Fullerton (48-8), UCLA (38-17), Kansas State (41-17), North Carolina State (44-14) and Florida State (44-15). as being named the NCAA Regional host sites.

Arkansas saw its RPI jump from 48 to 32 with a 2-1 performance in the SEC Tournament this weekend in Hoover, but that was not good enough.

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