Mike Anderson will lead Arkansas (5-2) against Lon Kruger and Oklahoma (6-1) in a 2 p.m. game inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
"Lon Kruger has done a tremendous job with this team, this being his first year there while coming in from UNLV," Anderson said. "He has got them playing a high level while playing up-tempo basketball, very similar to what we try to do. He probably has more older, veteran guys."
Oklahoma, 14-18 a year ago, moved its record to 6-1 on Thursday night when the Sooners downed visiting ORU 73-59.
"This group, once we learned the attitude of them working hard and their desire to really improve individually and as a team was very genuine, we were really impressed by that," Kruger said. "We felt like we were going to have a good basketball team. The thing that they know and really believe is that they understand we have got to get a lot better.
"As long as we maintain that balance of improving but realizing we have a long way to go, then we will become as good as we can become," Kruger added. "That's our goal. Guys in certain ball games have made good progress. I am looking forward to continuing that."
Stephen Pledger (6-8, 232) matched his season scoring average with 17 points in the ORU win while 6-6 guard Cameron Clark and 6-8, 247-pound forward Anderew Fitzgerald added 16 each.
That helped offset a foul-plagued night by 6-8, 232-pound Mississippi State transfer Romero Osby (10.7, 7.6).
"Stephen Pledger is a guy that can really shoot the basketball," Anderson said. "I had a chance to play those guys last year at Missouri – Pledger and Fitzgerald are good players. You bring in a transfer such as Osby, a guy that can go inside and outside and is very strong, is the second-leading scorer and the leading rebounder.
The Sooners did lose their second-leading scorer in Calvin Newell, who was averaging 13 points a game off the bench through five games before deciding to transfer.
"They are scoring at a good clip and they have only loss to St. Louis and I think that was probably a game where they kind of wore down in a tournament," Anderson said. "It was their third game."
This will be Arkansas' first game since a 75-62 loss at UConn where the Razorbacks did some good things, but came home with a loss.
"I'm not into moral victories, and I want to make sure those guys aren't into moral victories," Anderson said. "I want us to continue to get better. We are taking some baby steps, but you want to hopefully take full steps. Again, it's a loss and we have got a bad taste in our mouth."
While the Razorbacks competed well on the boards with freshman DeVonta Abron grabbing a career-high 16 caroms, the Razorbacks shot just 31.2 percent (24-of-77) from the field.
"Hopefully, we can build on the things we did in the UConn game and maybe get over the hurdle," Anderson said. " That hurdle is putting the ball in the hole. Continue to play defense. Continue to attack the glass. Try to create some havoc with our defense and get more guys contributing."
That was not trouble for Arkansas freshman guard B.J. Young, who had a career-high 28 points against the Huskies.
But normally solid junior guard Julysess Nobles was not himself and went scoreless while missing all five of his 3-point attempts.
"Ju can't be a no-show," Anderson said. "I thought he really struggled in that game."
Nobles said that he and the Razorbacks will be ready to play.
"I think we are going to go over there and play well," Nobles said. "I think this team is just going to keep getting better all the time and I'll do my part to help us win."