Kennedy's Rebels (16-12, 6-8) will be trying to spoil Senior Night for the Razorbacks (18-11, 6-8) for the third time in four seasons.
"Every game has a life in and of itself and I'm sure Tuesday will be the same," Kennedy said.
Ole Miss took down Arkansas on both the 2009 and 2010 Senior Nights and will be trying to do the same on the 2012 one Tuesday night at 6 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.
The Rebels have won seven of the last eight games in the series and 20 of the last 28 heading into a game that will be televised by ESPNU with Dari Nowkhah and former Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio on the call.
"I wish that we could take something that could be of value in those numbers leading into tomorrow night, but quite frankly I don't believe it has any relevance whatsoever, other than the fact that we have had two or three guys on this team that have played and won there," Kennedy said. " ... We are so young, and more than half of our guys never have been in Bud Walton Arena prior to us going in to shoot around tomorrow.
"But we do have a couple of guys who are going to play prominent roles in tomorrow night's game who have had some success in the building," Kennedy said. "... But it's a different set of circumstances, different coach, different team. So I'm not sure how relevant it will be moving forward other than the fact that we have had some guys who have been in the arena and left with a smile on their face."
Arkansas has just two seniors in forwards Michael Sanchez and Marvell Waithe. Anderson noted that those guys adapted to a new coach and have fought through injuries to play well for the Razorbacks this season.
"I can't say enough about those guys," Anderson said. "They've done the things I've asked them to do. They're going to graduate. Mike has already graduated, taking graduate classes. Marvell is scheduled to graduate in the spring. To me, that's what it's all about."
Sanchez is a fifth-year senior who has battled thorough a multitude of injuries.
"I feel like I have been here since 2000," Sanchez said. "I am really excited and kind of sad at the same time. We are getting near to the end of our season and I am still trying to focus on that. I don't know, man - I feel like it's been my family here. And it's hard leaving it behind. Playing in this arena has been one of my favorite parts of the experience."
Waithe did not play much last season, but has flourished in his role under Anderson.
"It's emotional, man," Waithe said "It's been a long, long journey. It's real special to me to end the year here tomorrow night."
Waithe is happy to see the fans coming into Bud Walton Arena after a couple of years of declining attendance.
All students are being let in free on Tuesday night.
"The fans want to win," Waithe said. "And I guess they never wanted to support a losing basketball team and they never wanted to support something that was just going downhill. But with Coach A coming, the resurgence of the program, they are coming back. And i don't blame them for leaving but hopefully we can keep them in here."
Sanchez thinks the program is in good shape now to return to its glory days.
I still think it's on it's way up," Sanchez said. "I am really confident Coach A will have this program turned around pretty quick."
Ole Miss and Arkansas are tied with Mississippi State for seventh in the SEC.
The Rebels whipped the Razorbacks 71-63 last month in a game in which junior Murphy Holloway (6-7, 240) had 19 points and 14 rebounds and junior Reginald Buckner (6-8, 225) with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Buckner - the SEC's leading active shot blocker with 218 swats - actually had 15 blocks in two wins over Arkansas last season.
"I think the strength of our team, and we thought coming into the season, was going to be the productivity of our front line, simply because that's where our most experience was," Kennedy said, "and when our front line produces as it did against LSU, then this team has had a chance to be successful."
Arkansas comes into the game off a 77-71 victory at Auburn – the Razorbacks' first road win of the season.
"I think our guys feel a little more confident about what we're doing," Anderson said. "I think it was good to see our guys complete a game out. What I mean by that is to finish a game off making plays, making the correct plays. I thought our defense, especially in the half-court was good. I thought in the second half we really did some good things in terms of executing and just kind of hanging in the game. You always talk about you want to hang around and hang around and give yourself an opportunity. I thought we did. We made the right plays."
A big part of that win was the contributions of redshirt sophomore forward Brandon Mitchell, the football team's back-up quarterback.
He had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while also showing leadership on the floor according to Anderson.
"I think he's a blue collar guy," Anderson said. "I think if you look at him he just does a lot of different things. He's in the right place at the right time - whether it be going to get offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, fixing things on defense. He's even entering the ball into the post.
"That's a pretty good stat line when you're talking about 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists on the road," Anderson added. "…I thought at times he settled our guys down. Our guys listen to him. He's a calming force out there on the floor."
The Razorbacks were 17-0 at home to start the season, but have lost their last two games inside Bud Walton Arena to Florida (98-68) and Alabama (79-68).
"We have done well in terms of defending the home court except in terms of the last two games," Anderson said. "Ole Miss is a team that we played earlier in the year and it was one of those games where I thought we were probably two or three possessions away from stealing one. So I am sure in their mind, coming off an LSU win, that they are going to come in with a lot of confidence."
Ole Miss – whose leading scorer is 6-9 senior forward Terrance Henry (12.2) - is indeed coming in off 72-48 home rout of LSU in which the Rebels dominated from start to finish.
"… I thought the thing they really took advantage of was their size, their length and their athletic ability," Anderson said.
Arkansas wants to speed the game up while Ole Miss wants a slower tempo.
"We try to speed them up and I think they try to neutralize us in terms of attacking the glass," Anderson said. "I think that is the strength of their team – the athletic ability, blocking shots, rebounding the basketball."
The Rebels won the earlier game despite the Razorbacks forcing them into 23 turnovers.
Anderson thinks that Ole Miss is better against pressure now with a backcourt of 6-4 freshman Jarvis Summers (9.5) and 6-4 junior Nick Williams (10.3) starting and 6-7 redshirt freshman Jelani Kendrick (5.1) coming off the bench.
"I think obviously they have gotten better," Anderson said. "Summers is doing a very good job. They have Jelani Kendrick, who is playing well now for them as well as Nick Williams. He played real well the last game."
Williams, the transfer from Indiana, had 18 points against Arkansas in the earlier game this season.
"He is shooting the ball at a pretty good clip," Anderson said. "We played against them earlier and I thought he was the guy that we could not match up with very well. He is playing with a lot of confidence."
Both teams were riding three-game losing streaks before getting their wins on Saturday.
"Obviously this time of year, I thought they played against LSU and played one of their better games from a defensive standpoint and scoring as well," Anderson added. "There is no question about it that we want to turn the tempo up, but I think every team is a lot better at this time – the second go around you are a little bit more familiar with the teams that you are going to play."
Kennedy agreed his team is different from that first match-up, but thinks Arkansas is as well.
"The first game seems like a lifetime ago," Kennedy said. " I guess it was six, seven weeks ago. I was watching the tape the other day and we looked like a completely different team, as do they. As you would imagine as we've both evolved over a seven-week period.
"We didn't handle their pressure very well," Kennedy added. "We weren't handling anybody's pressure well early in the season. I think we've made some adjustments to that, different guys have gotten more comfortable in their responsibilities, and as a result we haven't turned it over as much of late."
Kennedy said that his team must not be happy just to break the press.
"Now, it will be a very difficult challenge in Bud Walton," Kennedy said. " Arkansas, like most teams, does a very good job at home, and typically teams that pressure are more effective in their home venue, and we anticipate that being the case tomorrow. So we're going to have to do a good job of being aggressive and attacking the pressure, and not only attacking it to break it, but attacking it to score."