Coleman Hawkins was trolled for recording as many as six turnovers in Illinois Fighting Illini’s NCAA first-round loss against Arkansas. The Illini lost 63-73.
Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV scored 18 points and it successfully survived some anxious moments in the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini team that wouldn’t go away. They held on to beat the Illini 73-63 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
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Arkansas failed to land what could have been the knockout punch with two and a half minutes to play. Anthony Black blocked Coleman Hawkins’ cross-court pass and Council missed the fast-break dunk when he would have been better served to lay it in. The blown play left Arkansas coach Eric Musselman striking his arms and screaming.
Devo Davis had 16 points for the Arkansas Razorbacks, who used persistent defense and rebounding to build big leads but couldn’t get comfortable until the final minute. Arkansas (21-13) faces top-seeded Kansas on Saturday in the second round of the West Region.
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“Coleman Hawkins is the worst player in illini history,” a Twitter user said.
“Anyone know Coleman Hawkins address? I wanna send him job apps. He should get a jump on the life insurance market in Northern California,” another one added.
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“I would expect this to be the last moments we see Coleman Hawkins in an Illini jersey. He has been a lot of fun the last 3 years. Going to special to hear his name called on draft night,” a third one tweeted.
Coleman Hawkins, 21, is an American college basketball player who plays for Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big Ten Conference.