Vanderbilt (16-5, 5-1) has won 10 of its last 11 games to move up to 25 in the poll, starts four seniors and has won four of its five road games this season coming into matchup at Arkansas (15-6, 3-3).
The 8 p.m. game will be televised nationally by ESPN as part of its Super Tuesday.
"Can you imagine, we've got one of the better teams in our league coming in and Super Tuesday in Bud Walton Arena," Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said. "What a time to really showcase Bud Walton. The rabid fans that we talk about. The passionate fans that we talk about. So I've got a feeling it's going to be revved up in here so we can show the nation that basketball truly is played at a high level here at Arkansas."
That's something the Commodores have been doing lately and are coming into thus game off a 84-77 home win over upstart Middle Tennessee State, who was 20-2.
Vanderbilt is led the play of 6-4 senior guard John Jenkins, the SEC's leading scorer at 20 per game and has gone on its streak with the return of injured 6-11, 255-pound senior center Festus Ezeli (8.5, 6.6).
"Early in the year they weren't playing with their centerpiece, Festus Ezeli," Anderson said. "Now they have him back and they really have started to find their rhythm. Their leading scorer, John Jenkins, is the leading scorer in our league. He's a guy that can flat out shoot the basketball. But more than shooting now he's actually scoring. One of the things he does a good job of is getting to the free throw line."
The rest of the starting line-up includes 6-7, 225-pound senior small forward Jeffrey Taylor (17.5, 5.8), 6-8, 225-pound power forward Lance Goulbourne (9.9. 7.2) and 6-3 senior guard Brad Tinsley (9.6).
"Well it's a veteran basketball team," Anderson said. "I think it just tells you the veterans don't get rattled. They don't panic. They know who the go-to guy is. They know how to make plays. That's what good teams do. They've got the players and those players make plays."
Vanderbilt has perimeter guys around Ezeli that can all shoot the basketball.
Jenkins, Tinsley and Taylor are all threats from deep for a team that has shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range this season and 47.3 percent in conference play from behind the arc.
"They are one of the better field goal shooting teams in our league, especially in conference play from the 3-point line, shooting almost 50 percent," Anderson said.
Arkansas would love to see 6-8 senior Michael Sanchez have a game remotely close to the one he has last season in a 89-78 win at Vanderbilt.
Sanchez had a career-high 20 points to support former Razorback Rotnei Clarke's 36 in that upset.
"I heard about it," Anderson said. "I saw it (on tape) when I first got here. He did a good job. He did a good job of making some plays and finishing some plays. I think the big fella got in foul trouble, Johnson did. I thought Mike was allowed to go out and play, and he had a career night, and so hopefully it's something he can reproduce, he can come out and play well. I just want him to play well and do the things he can to help our basketball team."
Rickey Scott, who had 18 points in Arkansas' 72-66 loss at Alabama on Saturday, remembers being amazed by the display from the normally low-scoring Sanchez.
"Last year was crazy" Scott said. "He was definitely a big part to that win. Him down low killing number 3 (Ezeli), the big guy. He was just destroying him. I just hope he comes out tomorrow and does the same thing."
Arkansas will be trying to take momentum for a good effort at Alabama Saturday that nevertheless resulted in its sixth loss away from Bud Walton in as many tries this season.
"I think we have got pride any time we play," Anderson said. "…Our guys play a little more comfortable here at home and all teams are. You saw that in Alabama. We probably were one basket away or one stop away from winning that game but somehow they found the reserve, the energy, to finish it off."
Senior forward Marvell Waithe missed Saturday's game and is still day-to-day per Anderson, who said junior guard Julysess Nobles' ankle was better and he should play Tuesday.
Each time Arkansas has been coming off a loss this season, it has won its next home game.
This one happens quicker as it is being played on Tuesday instead of Wednesday.
"I think the short turnaround, that's what you're going to see at this time of year with TV," Anderson said. " For players, I'm sure they want to go out and play. They want to go out and hopefully get the bad taste out of their mouth, but it is quite a quick turnaround. So we'll see what happens."