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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Notae, Arkansas run ends against Duke in Elite Eight
Notae, Arkansas
Marcio Jose Sanchez | Associated Press Duke guard Jeremy Roach (3) shoots against Arkansas forward Jaylin Williams (10) and guard JD Notae (1) during the first half of a college basketball game in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA men’s tournament in San Francisco on Saturday, March 26. Notae is a former Newton Ram. On Thursday, March 24, Notae helped lead the Razorbacks to an upset of overall No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA men’s tournament.

SAN FRANCISCO — Arkansas’ 78-69 Elite Eight loss against Duke on March 26 at the Chase Center ended the Razorbacks’ 2022 postseason run. However, before the season ended, Arkansas added some madness to their March schedule. 

Leading the way for the Razorbacks, too, was former Newton Rams star JD Notae. 

In the first round of the bracket, Arkansas, as a No. 4 seed, downed Vermont 75-71 on March 17. Notae had 17 points and seven rebounds in the win. 

Then, facing New Mexico State in round No. 2 on March 19, the Razorbacks triumphed over the Lobos 53-48. The leading scorer was Notae with 18 points. He also had four rebounds, three assists and eight steals. 

Following that performance was arguably one of the biggest upsets of this year’s bracket. 

Notae and the Razorbacks went up against No. 1 seed Gonzaga and sent the Bulldogs packing with Arkansas winning 74-68 on March 24. Scoring a team-high 21 points was Notae who also recorded six rebounds, six assists and three steals. 

In Saturday’s loss against the Blue Devils, Notae finished with 14 points before fouling out of the game. Notae is currently one point shy of eclipsing 2,000 career points, too. 

Notae ended the season averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.