The Arkansas Razorbacks came to Music City wanting to win a Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, and now they have their chance.
They just have to go through top-ranked and undefeated Kentucky.
The 21st-ranked Razorbacks advanced by beating third-seeded Georgia 60-49 on Saturday in the semifinals. This will be the sixth appearance in the championship game for second-seeded Arkansas (26-7) and first since 2008. Arkansas has only one SEC tournament title, and that was back in 2000.
Arkansas and Georgia struggled in a sluggish game for teams that played Friday night, with Georgia leaving the arena around midnight.
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"I thought the fatigue for both teams affected each of us," Georgia Coach Mark Fox said. "It's a challenging schedule. We had to do it two years in a row. It's a challenging schedule."
Bobby Portis scored a season-low four points for Arkansas, snapping his school record streak of 27 straight games in double figures. The coaches' pick for the SEC's best player hit only one of 14 shots, though he grabbed 12 rebounds. Portis looked frustrated as he missed his first eight shots before grabbing a rebound and putting it back up for his first bucket with 15:06 left.
Arkansas guard Michael Qualls lead the team with 15 points.
Georgia (21-11) failed for a second straight year to reach the Bulldogs' first final since 2008 when they won a tournament rearranged by tornadoes that hit Atlanta.
Marcus Thornton and Cameron Forte each scored 13 points for Georgia, and Taylor Echols had a career-high 10.
The Bulldogs, who've been banged up most of the SEC season, played without junior guard Kenny Gaines who had his sprained left ankle stepped on in Friday night's win over South Carolina.
No. 13 Iowa State 70, No. 9 Kansas 66: Iowa State's unflappable bunch of comeback kids did it one more time.
Georges Niang scored 19 points, Abdel Nader made the go-ahead foul shots with 48 seconds to go, and the No. 13 Cyclones rallied from a 17-point second-half hole in the Big 12 Tournament championship.
It was the fifth straight game — including all three in the tournament — that the Cyclones rallied from a double-digit deficit, prompting Niang to dub them the "Comeback Kids."
Nader finished with 13 points, and Jameel McKay and Monte Morris had 11 each for the Cyclones (25-8).
Wayne Selden Jr. had a career-high 25 points to lead the Jayhawks (26-8).
Michigan State 62, No. 8 Maryland 58: Travis Trice scored 20 points, Branden Dawson added 17 points and eight rebounds and Michigan State rallied in the Big Ten semifinals.
The Spartans (23-10) trailed by 16 in the first half, went on a big run early in the second and took control in the closing minutes. Tom Izzo's team will try to make it two straight titles and three in four years when it takes on No. 6 Wisconsin on Sunday.
Melo Trimble led Maryland with 22 points, but hit just two of his last 11 shots. Dez Wells (10 points) was the only other player in double figures for the Terrapins (27-6).
Albany (N.Y.) 51, Stony Brook 50: It couldn't have been scripted better for Peter Hooley and Albany.
Hooley hit a three-pointer from the top of the key on the final shot of the game, giving Albany a stunning America East tournament title for the third straight year.
Hooley missed eight games in the middle of the regular season to return to his native Australia to be with his dying mother. The team has worn "SH" patches on their left shoulders in honor of Sue Hooley, who died at 52 in late January.
The star junior, named the tournament's most outstanding player, returned to the lineup a month ago and was coming off a season-high 21-point performance against New Hampshire in the semifinals.
Albany trailed the entire second half before Hooley's incredible shot, the only three the Great Danes made in 10 tries all game.
Sam Rowley led Albany with 14 points and Hooley finished with 10.
VCU 93, No. 24 Davidson 73: Mo Alie-Cox muscled his way to 18 points inside and Treveon Graham provided the pop from the outside with 18 more, leading VCU into the Atlantic 10 tournament championship game for the third straight season.
The Rams (25-9) got some payback for a blowout loss at Davidson last week.
A-10 player of the year Tyler Kalinoski scored 19 points a day after hitting a buzzer-beater that kept Davidson (24-7) from getting upset in its Atlantic 10 tournament debut.
No. 4 Villanova 69, Xavier 52: Josh Hart had 15 points in his latest brilliant performance off the bench, and top-seeded Villanova turned the Big East championship game into a Saturday night blowout for its second tournament title.
No. 20 SMU 69, Temple 56: Markus Kennedy scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half to lead No. 20 SMU into the finals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
SMU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, and didn't lead until Kennedy hit two free throws with 16:40 left in the game. That was part of an 18-4 run that turned a 34-31 deficit into a 49-38 lead and put the Mustangs in control.
No. 6 Wisconsin 71, Purdue 51: Bronson Koenig scored a career-high 19 points and No. 6 Wisconsin advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship.
The top-seeded Badgers trailed by five points at halftime, then held the Boilermakers to 24 percent shooting after the break in their fifth straight victory. Frank Kaminsky led the strong defensive effort and finished with 12 points. Nigel Hayes had 15.
Bellarmine 84, Drury 60: Five Knights finished in double figures as Bellarmine advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament second round. Jake Thelen led with 21, Josh Derksen had 17, George Suggs 11, and Chris Whitehead and Rusty Troutman had 10 each.
The Knights shot 63.3 percent, including going 6 for 11 from three-point range, and had 22 assists on 31 buckets.
Harvard 53, Yale 51: Steve Moundou-Missi hit a 15-foot jumper with 7.2 seconds left, Wesley Saunders scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and Harvard beat Yale in a one-game Ivy League playoff for its fourth straight NCAA Tournament berth.
Yale's Javier Duren missed a running layup at the buzzer. The Bulldogs missed out on their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1962.
Wyoming 45, San Diego St. 43: Josh Adams hit a big three-pointer with a minute left and Wyoming earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 13 years with a victory in the Mountain West Conference championship.
Wyoming was able to earn its first conference tournament championship since 1988, as a member of the WAC. Allen Edwards, an assistant coach for the Cowbosy, is a Kentucky alumnus. He had previous assistant coaching stints at Morehead State and Western Kentucky.
Buffalo 89, Central Michigan 84: Xavier Ford and Shannon Evans scored 18 points apiece as Buffalo, coached by March Madness icon Bobby Hurley, earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament by beating top-seeded Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference championship. The second-seeded Bulls (23-9) earned their first league title and the automatic NCAA bid that comes with it.
Western Kentucky 60, Southern Mississippi 57: Alexis Govan scored 22 points and made two free throws with less than a second left and Western Kentucky held on in the Conference USA championship.
The regular-season champion Lady Toppers (30-4) lost a 14-point lead before earning their second straight NCAA Tournament bid with the victory. It comes a year after winning the Sun Belt Tournament.
It's the first time Western Kentucky has won back-to-back league tournaments since a six-year streak from 1986-93.
Southern Miss (22-10) called timeout to set up a final play with 13 seconds remaining. Alex Coyne drove the lane but her contested layup missed and Govan grabbed the rebound. She was fouled with .4 seconds left and made two more free throws.
C-USA player of the Year Chastity Gooch added 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting for Western Kentucky. Jerontay Clemons led Southern Miss with 13 points.
Thomas More 75, St. Thomas 58: Sydney Moss led Thomas More past St. Thomas (Minn.) en route to their first Final Four in school history.
Moss ended the game with 35 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the Division III regional game Saturday, Fox 19 reported. She scored 25 in the second half.
Both teams entered the match undefeated.
Thomas More faces Tufts University in the semifinal game on March 20.
DePaul coach Oliver Purnell has resigned after five seasons.
The school announced Saturday that he is stepping aside after leading the Blue Demons to a 54-105 record. DePaul hired Purnell hoping he could revitalize a once-proud program, but a turnaround never happened.
The Blue Demons lost at least 20 games in four of his five years, including a 12-20 mark this season. They have not reached the postseason since the 2006-07 team made the NIT and their most recent NCAA appearance was in 2004.
In a statement, Purnell says DePaul "made progress here and improved with the talent and character of our student-athletes."