NCAA’s Worlock explains why Arkansas is playing in Greenville instead of Tulsa
Placement on seed line, potential of ACC rematch cost Arkansas spot in Tulsa
By Bart Pohlman
NCAA Tournament media director David Worlock joined the show Monday to react to the bracket and explain why Arkansas is headed to Greenville, SC.
Arkansas actually improved its seeding with its run in Nashville, Worlock said, as the Hogs jumped up from the 9-seed line to its spot as an 8-seed.
As for the Greenville vs. Tulsa debate, it essentially came down to the fact that the NCAA selection committee avoids putting conference foes in a situation where they’d potentially have to play each other in the Second Round. With North Carolina and Miami both hailing from the ACC, putting the Hurricanes in Greenville wasn’t an option, so they went to the next closest destination–Tulsa.
Worlock further clarified the process in an email to Sports Talk.
“Wisconsin was the first team on the 8 line so they went to the closest of the 4 sites, which was Buffalo,” Worlock wrote. “Miami was next but couldn’t go to Greenville because if UNC being a potential matchup in tbe second round. So they went to the next closest site, Tulsa. Then came Arkansas and the two remaining sites were Greenville and Salt Lake City. So Greenville was the choice. The last team on the 8 line is Northwestern. There was no other place left so they had to go to Salt Lake.”
You can listen to the full interview with Worlock here: