But that was it for drama.
"There's a time for everything", Razorbacks senior guard Jaylen Barford said of playing Butler a year after losing to North Carolina.
The No. 7 seeded Arkansas men's basketball team fell to the No. 10 seeded Butler Bulldogs on Friday in the first round of play in Detroit, Michigan.
Butler (21-13) will face Purdue (29-6) Sunday (time TBA).
Jordan said he does not look beyond the first round, presuming Purdue coach Matt Painter, who defeated the Bulldogs, 82-67, on December 16, feels the same way. Chris Holtmann left the Bulldogs in June to take over at Ohio State, and he has the Buckeyes in the second round of the NCAA tournament after winning Coach of the Year in that league. The 2001 win was 79-63.
Arkansas is the no. 7 seed, while the Butler Bulldogs are 1.5 point favorites as the no. 12 seed according to Las Vegas. Butler held a 21-2 lead before the Razorbacks rallied to get back in the game.
"It was a insane start, " reserve center Nate Fowler said.
"We lost, so that motivation always sticks in our head", Barford said. He carved out a crucial role on a 23-12 team led by five key seniors. Butler took control again early in the second.
"This was our 33rd game this year, " Jorgensen said.
"We're going to make a run in this tournament". "It doesn't matter to me how we do it". As a matter of fact I've got some family up there.
The Razorbacks also like to think their pressure defense is uniquely hard, but the Bulldogs like to run nearly as much Anderson's team.
"We just wanted to keep him away from the basket". We had some outstanding performances and guys coming off the bench.
"I think the kids have learned from it, the experience", Anderson said. But it didn't. Give them credit. He is effective inside and out (37.0 percent from 3-point range) and is a great free throw shooter (85.8 percent). That was a full 10 rebounds under the Arkansas average.
Butler improved to 2-0 against Arkansas with the victories 87 seasons apart. The previous high had been 18 when it outrebounded Morehead State 42-24. "It just motivates and shows me how close we were to beating the No. 1 team in the country". "And when they have an extra opportunity, those are killers for you".
The Razorbacks came in shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, but they went just 4 of 18 in this game and didn't have enough threats inside to make up for that. He has 10, but just forced a pair of tough shots, the last of which led to a Martin dunk on the other end.
"It was a team effort, " he said.
"We knew today was going to be a fight", Jordan said, "obviously, with their ability to press and extend the floor and apply pressure. So it was a team effort tonight".
EFFICIENT: Butler's Tyler Wideman - another senior - is shooting 68.5 percent from the field and averaging 9.4 points. He almost posted a triple-double, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high seven blocks in just 27 minutes. McDermott was the only other Butler player in double figures scoring with 11.
"I didn't think Daniel played one of his better games", Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. I thought guys did a good job chasing them. "I think it's destiny right now".