Arkansas officially announced its basketball schedule on Monday with its first exhibition game set for Nov. 2 and its season opener one week later.
The slate includes 12 teams that were in post-season play and features big-name non-conference foes such as Syracuse, Oklahoma, Michigan, Arizona State and either Wisconsin or Creighton.
"I went out and tried to schedule some tough non-conference games for us so we would be ready by the time the SEC games roll around," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said while his team was touring Italy. "I think we have a young team that can compete and this is the type of schedule that can get them ready to go. We have enough pieces now to get after it."
Arkansas will play a pair of exhibition games against Southwest Baptist on Friday, Nov. 2 and LeMoyne-Owen Nov. 5.
The regular season will get underway Friday, Nov. 9 when the Razorbacks host Sam Houston State.
Arkansas will then play Longwood (Nov. 18) and Florida A&M (Nov. 20) before heading to play in the Las Vegas Invitational against Arizona State Nov. 23 and either Wisconsin or Creighton the following night.
The Razorbacks are set to host Syracuse on Friday, Nov. 30 in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN and will then battle visiting Oklahoma on Dec. 4 and travel to Michigan on Dec. 8th.
"I think our fans are going to enjoy having a lot of these teams coming into Bud Walton Arena," Anderson said. "We are going to get it back to the old days when there was so much excitement and no one wanted to come to Fayetteville to play."
Arkansas - which finished 4-0 on its Italian Tour in August - opens conference play on Jan. 8th at Texas A&M and has 19 of its 31 games currently scheduled to be televised.
That is the start of an 18-game conference schedule - one dictated by the inclusion of A&M and Missouri into the league this season.
That includes a home game with Kentucky on Saturday, March 2 on ESPN and home-and-home series with Missouri, Florida and Texas A&M.
"It doesn't matter if we did or didn't want the 18-game schedule because it is here and it is what we are all going to be playing," Anderson said. "I think we have enough parts now to compete with this schedule."
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