Baylor led Arkansas, 81-70, in the final seconds of the Elite Eight when Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua fouled Moses Moody. The Razorbacks’ 81-percent free-throw shooter hit both free throws with nine seconds remaining, and while the meaningless points didn’t affect the spread (+8), nor the total (147.5), it did prevent Baylor from winning a fourth straight NCAA Tournament game by at least 10 points.
Baylor pounded Hartford in the First Round, built a 13-point first-half lead over Wisconsin in the Second Round before splitting in the second half, and beat Villanova by 11 in the Sweet 16. The nine-point margin of victory didn’t matter against Arkansas in clinching their first Final Four in 71 years, but a 10-point victory against Houston in Saturday’s national semifinal could matter a lot to bettors.
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