Perhaps a few more might begin to show up because of that.
Junior forward Marshawn Powell tossed in 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and freshman guard B.J. Young added 16 points as Arkansas scored 55 points before halftime and rolled to a 91-68 win over highly-regarded Oakland.
"We came out and it just seemed like everything we did was good," Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said. "Our defense created a lot of easy opportunities for us. I thought we just kind of honed in and took our practice to the game."
"The ball movement, making the extra pass, the defensive intensity, the rebounding in the first half – it was like we just came out and delivered a punch and before you know it you look up at halftime and we are up 28 points," Anderson said. "I can't say enough about the energy level."
That loss left Golden Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe gushing about the Razorbacks (2-0) and saying "they grabbed us by the throat and killed us."
"Gentlemen, that is a good basketball team," Kampe said. "I don't know how they got that good that quick because they weren't suppose to be. And they'll tell you they are not that good, but that is a good basketball team."
"I can't tell you how impressed I am with that basketball team and if you know anything about us we play great basketball teams and we do every year. I think last year we played four or five teams in the top 10," Kampe added.
"I am not going to tell you they are top 10 yet because I don't know if they have a dominant post, but they are a top 30, top 25 team if they play like they play tonight," Kampe continued, "…with the effort, the enthusiasm. You can tell it is a team that likes playing the way they play and they have bought into the system and they love it. You can just see it on their faces. The effort they played with was just fantastic.
"I know he (Anderson) is a good coach and I've known that for years, but to come in here and get it done this fast, I can't tell you how impressed I am," Kampe said. "It is a heck of a basketball team."
Anderson said whoa on that kind of talk.
"No. No," Anderson said. "We're humble little Arkansas right now. We're trying to piece it together...Hopefully in a month we will be a different team."
Mardracus Wade chipped in 13 points and the two point guards were sharp as Julysess Nobles had 10 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds and Rickey Scott 10 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and no turnovers.
Rashad Madden was the sixth Razorback in double figures with 10 points as well.
The performance came against the Golden Grizzlies, who came in off a 74-57 loss to Alabama Monday night in their season opener.
They had no answer early for Powell, who hit his first eight shots, as Arkansas roared out to leads of 15-4, 32-14 and 40-19.
"It sets the stage," Anderson said. "We had 34 points in the first half, I think, in the paint. When you establish inside, it makes it easier for those guys to spot up outside and knock shots down in the half court. I thought that first group, with Marshawn as the catalyst; they started the run in terms of how we were going to play tonight."
Powell has now scored 41 points in 43 minutes of action in the Razorbacks' first two games.
"I enjoy my coach I am playing for now and that makes me feel comfortable," Powell said.
Oakland has won 78 games the last three seasons and been to two straight NCAA Tournaments.
"I am very proud of my team, I am really proud of my team because that is a game where we could have went into halftime yelling at each other, yelling at each other – but that first half was about them, it wasn't about us," Kampe said. "They grabbed us by the throat and killed us."
Travis Bader hit six 3-pointers and led Oakland with 18 points while Drew Valentine added 13 and mid-major preseason All-American Reggie Hamilton 11.
"They are so different than Alabama," Kampe said. "Alabama is a slow pace with a great post player. If I were a betting man – and I am not because the NCAA doesn't allow me – I would not bet against Arkansas in this building.
"I don't know what is going to happen to them on the road, but the key to them is when we knew we couldn't stop them and went zone, they made shots," Kampe added. "If they can make shots. Usually you have got guys that can get to the basketball, but can't shoot it or can shoot it or can't get to the basket. Tonight they did it all. Was this an abberition or can they really shoot like that? I don't think they have played enough games to know. But if they could shoot like that, they are going to beat anybody in that league."
After having 23 turnovers in its opener, the Razorbacks had just 11 against Oakland despite the up-and-down nature of the game.
"We had just nine up until that last minute," Anderson said. "Can you imagine having only nine turnovers at that pace. That's pretty good."
Scott said Anderson got his message across in the last few days.
"Coach came at us hard," Scott said. "That made us want to come out and not have any turnovers."
Arkansas will return to action Friday night at 7 p.m. in North Little Rock against Houston, who is coached by former Arkansas assistant James Dickey.
Mike Anderson instructs his team during Wednesday night's win over Oakland.
Marsahwn Powell goes in for two of his 20 points.