- The Arkansas men’s basketball team upset the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday.
- Arkansas coach Eric Musselman was so excited he jumped on a table and took his shirt off.
- He told CBS he had “never been prouder of a team” than he was this weekend.
Arkansas men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman was so hyped by his team’s win over the Kansas Jayhawks that he jumped on a table, took his shirt off, and helicoptered it over his head.
The Arkansas Razorbacks entered the men’s NCAA tournament as an 8-seed and faced the Jayhawks, the No. 1 team in the West and the defending national champions, in the second round on Saturday. Although Arkansas trailed for most of the match-up, a late-game lead propelled them to a tight victory 72-71, per CBS Sports.
After the win, Musselman celebrated his team’s advancement to the Sweet Sixteen by jumping on a media table in front of fans, taking off his shirt, and waving it around above his head:
—NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 18, 2023
Postgame photos also showed a shirtless Musselman hugging players and staff on the court.
The coach seemed unable to contain his excitement in the locker room, where he was sprayed with water as he walked in.
“It’s such an unbelievable win for our program,” Musselman told CBS Sports after the game. “I keep telling people we keep getting better. Not many teams can get better this time of year. I’ve never been prouder of a team than I’ve been tonight.”
Still, this isn’t the first time the coach’s enthusiasm has landed him on top of a table.
In March 2018, Musselman, who was head coach of the University of Nevada men’s basketball team from 2015 to 2019, celebrated his team’s victory over No. 2 Cincinnati by ripping off his shirt and tie, jumping onto a table, and climbing into the crowd, according to USA Today.
—Wayne McGahee III (@WayneMcGaheeIII) March 19, 2018
The outlet described Musselman’s reaction as a “primal scream” as the Nevada Wolf Pack pulled off the second-largest comeback in NCAA tournament history.
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