Top Arkansas Players to Watch vs. Illinois - First Round
Thursday's first-round NCAA tournament matchup between the Arkansas Razorbacks (20-13) and the Illinois Fighting Illini (20-12) at Wells Fargo Arena at 4:30 PM ET features the Razorbacks' Anthony Black and the Fighting Illini's Terrence Shannon Jr. as players to watch.
In the article below, we'll give you all the info you need to know about who to look out for in this matchup on TBS.
How to Watch Arkansas vs. Illinois
- Game Day: Thursday, March 16
- Game Time: 4:30 PM ET
- Arena: Wells Fargo Arena
- Location: Des Moines, Iowa
- TV: TBS | Watch select March Madness games live on FuboTV
Arkansas' Last Game
Arkansas dropped its most recent game to Texas A&M, 67-61, on Friday. Nick Smith Jr. was its high scorer with 16 points.
|Nick Smith Jr.||16||1||4||0||0||2|
Illinois' Last Game
In its previous game, Illinois fell to Penn State on Thursday, 79-76. Its leading scorer was Shannon with 19 points.
|Terrence Shannon Jr.||19||5||4||1||0||2|
Arkansas Players to Watch
Black posts a team-high 4.2 assists per game. He is also putting up 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, shooting 46.5% from the floor.
Ricky Council IV leads the Razorbacks at 15.9 points per game, while also putting up 2.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds.
Davonte Davis is averaging 10.5 points, 2.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Makhi Mitchell paces the Razorbacks at 5.5 rebounds per contest, while also posting 1.2 assists and 7.1 points.
Jordan Walsh is posting 7.2 points, 1 assists and 4.1 rebounds per contest.
Illinois Players to Watch
Shannon is the Fighting Illini's top scorer (17.1 points per game), and he averages 2.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
Coleman Hawkins leads the Fighting Illini in rebounding (6.3 per game) and assists (3), and produces 9.9 points. He also delivers 1 steal and 1.2 blocked shots.
The Fighting Illini get 12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game from Matthew Mayer.
The Fighting Illini receive 9.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game from Dain Dainja.
The Fighting Illini receive 9.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game from Jayden Epps.
Arkansas Top Performers (Last 10 Games)
|Ricky Council IV||13.5||3.8||1.9||0.7||0.3||0.7|
|Nick Smith Jr.||13.2||1.6||1.9||1||0.1||1.6|
Illinois Top Performers (Last 10 Games)
|Terrence Shannon Jr.||13.5||2.7||1.8||0.8||0.6||1.3|
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