The toughness and ability to win on the road – something the Vols (13-12, 5-5) did in a 75-70 upset at No. 8 Florida.
"I'll tell you what. Tennessee has been playing some pretty impressive basketball," Anderson said. "The games they've played in conference play they've lost – be it home or on the road – have been close. So it's like anything else, you stay true to what you do, stay with the script and then all of a sudden things start taking place for them. They put together a great performance against Florida.
"The impressive part about it they swept Florida, which is one of the better teams in the country," Anderson added. "So obviously it's going to be a challenge for us to go against at team that is playing awfully well. At the same time hopefully we can put some things together and play good basketball for 40 minutes."
"I just want us to get better," Anderson said. "I've said this all year long, with our basketball team the key for us is to stay day-to-day. Let's get better. We've lost to Georgia on the road and didn't play well. I thought we had made tremendous progress playing on the road – Alabama, LSU, we just didn't finish it. So let's see if we can put 40 minutes together."
Anderson admires what first-year Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin has done with the Vols, who are led by 6-1, 209-pound sophomore guard Trae Golden (13.1).
"Cuonzo Martin has done a great job with this team," Anderson said. " They lost some games early on, but they play tough defense. They get in the passing lanes. They really attacked the glass on Florida.
"…They play with a toughness that you have to have on the road," Anderson added. "That's what we're looking for: toughness throughout the 40 mintues. And get off to a good start. That's going to be a big key for our team. Get off to a good start."
Arkansas is coming off an impressive 76-65 home win over South Carolina, but was throttled 81-59 in its last road game at Georgia.
"I think the key for us is, our defense has got to be consistent," Anderson said. "I think it's got to be there for 40 minutes. And at the same time, we've got to be able to score. We've got to get to the free throw line. We cannot afford to turn the ball over and I think those are big stats.
"When you look at the Georgia game, we turned the ball over," Anderson continued. "And those turnovers led to easy opportunities for them. A lot of things have to go right to win on the road. And as I said, I thought we were taking some good steps going in that direction ... I still do. I think we'll go and hopefully have one of our better performances on the road at Tennessee. I'm anxious to see how we go out and play."
The Razorbacks will be facing a team with a big front line that includes -6-7, 265-pound redshirt junior Jeronne Maymon (11.9, 7.9) and 6-9, 222-pound junior Kenny Hall with freshman Jarnell Stokes (6-9, 250) coming off a bench.
They've got some good sized guys that are playing well. Maymon is 6-7, but 265, a redshirt junior that is a big key to that front line. Hall is very athletic and long. Also you have Stokes who is coming off the bench for them. They're playing well. They're playing well."
Stokes, who took an official visit to Arkansas in September, chose to enroll at Tennessee at mid-term and has averaged 8.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in eight games.
""He's a skill forward," Anderson said of Stokes. "I mean, he's a skill forward that can score, rebound. He's a big body. You look at him and sometimes there's some visions of Corliss Williamson… He can score now on the box and he can also pass the basketball. Rebounds the ball well, just has a good feel for the game coming out of the Memphis area."
Anderson is not surprised Stokes – a top 20 player nationally - is making an impact.
"It doesn't surprise me because I watched him develop over his career," Anderson said. "He wants it, I think that's the key. He wants to be a player and he works hard at it. He always has been a guy that really worked extremely hard, but it's not easy to come at this level and have an impact coming out of high school. You should be in your senior year of high school right now, but he's played a lot of basketball against some great, great competition."
The Razorbacks will counter with freshmen Hunter Mickelson and DeVonta Abron, senior Marvell Waithe and maybe senior Michael Sanchez, who is day-to-day with a shoulder injury.
There's also 6-4, 230-pound redshirt sophomore Brandon Mitchell, the football team's back-up quarterback who had eight points in 16 minutes on Saturday.
"I think a big key is we've to answer the call with our front line, the guys we have: the young guys – Hunter, Devonta, of course Brandon now you'll see him in the fold and Marvell," Anderson said. "Marvell will get a little more healthier and hopefully help us have a little more push. I still don't think he's at 100-percent yet. But that's the best we've got right now."
Mitchell certainly showed some flashes on Saturday.
Well, in practice he's been doing some things that will catch your eye," Anderson said. "He has a good feel for the game. I think for a guy that he plays - the quarterback - he's been in that leadership role. He talks to these guys and they listen. It's amazing. He just sits there and he talks.
"He's physical," Anderson said. " Playing football, of course, he's going to be aggressive. He won't back down. And he's not in a hurry to do anything. To me that's the key. He was in the right place at the right time. But to me it was good to him come out and really help our guys and help calm the young guys. He's out there and having a little influence on hunter Mickelson, talking to him and settling him down."