INDIANAPOLIS (KAIT) - The countdown continues towards the Sweet 16. Arkansas head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman held a zoom press conference Wednesday in Indianapolis.
The 3 seed Razorbacks aren’t taking 15 seed Oral Roberts lightly. “You know, we have great respect for Oral Roberts, they played us really well at our place,” Musselman said. “They’re a way better team, we’re a drastically different team. The way that we’re preparing and watching film and hitting the practice floor. We’re not going to win the game unless we bring our A+ game. It’s not going to happen. If we play our B game or C game, we will be in our beds in Northwest Arkansas by early Sunday morning. So no, we have to play great basketball in order to win, just as any team. Any team from here on out, if you’re going to get to the Elite Eight, you better play really well.”
2 years ago, Jaylin Williams shined on the biggest stage in the Natural State. He helped Fort Smith Northside win the 2019 6A State Championship. 2 years later, Williams is a part of the biggest story in the Natural State. The freshman reflected before the Razorbacks take the floor in the Sweet 16.
“It’s a great feeling,” Williams added. “Growing up as a kid with my dad, just shooting in the backyard. Me and him staying after a home game in high school, shooting at 1am, talking about those late nights, it’s going to work out. For me to be able to play in the NCAA Tournament, growing up every player looks forward to playing in the NCAA Tournament. To be in this NCAA Tournament and my mom and dad being there to watch me play, it’s just great. Of course I was happy to be in the starting five. Whether I’m able to contribute off the bench or in the starting five, I’m going to do whatever I have to do.”
Arkansas is facing Oral Roberts for the 2nd time this season. The Hogs beat the Golden Eagles 87-76 on December 20th in Fayetteville. They’ll meet again at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Sweet 16 matchup tips Saturday at 6:25pm on TBS.