Time for one for one more exhibition audition – this one with a bunch of Magicians.
Arkansas will finish up its two-game exhibition schedule by hosting the LeMoyne-Owen Magicians Monday night at 7 p.m.
Razorback head coach Mike Anderson is expecting an up-tempo game with the Memphis school in the Razorbacks' last contest before opening the regular season on Friday.
"LeMoyne-Owen is a team that presses," Anderson said. "I got a call from somebody that said they were a lot better than they were in the previous years. I think you are going to have a team with a lot of Memphis players, kids from the area, and they know how to play. They might not have had the grades to get into Division I.
"I saw the coach this summer and he was talking about playing us," Anderson added. "…It is going to be an up-tempo game. Trust me, it will be up-tempo and we like that. It will give us another gauge of how our guys will come out and perform."
Anderson said that he has loves the competition he is seeing in practice and that carried over in last Friday night's 106-78 exhibition win over Southwest (MO) Baptist.
"I always think you win games in practice and that is where you see the competition take place," Anderson said. "You have got to be on your game. If you are not, you may be sitting over there (during a game) watching. You minutes may evaporate and go to somebody else. It keeps guys kind of sharp."
The Magicians – who finished 18-11 a season ago – are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Razorbacks ripped out to a 50-28 first half lead on Friday before only winning the second half 55-50.
"You have got to learn how to play with leads and you have to learn how to build them," Anderson said. "You have to stay focus on the game at hand."
That's something hat freshman guard Anthlon Bell – himself from the Memphis area – did while having a game-high 17 points on Friday night.
"I thought he played the game right way," Anderson said. "Those were quality minutes. They found him and I think he made a couple of nice moves to the basket."
He was 6-of-8 from the field while hitting all three of his attempts beyond the 3-point line and scoring his points in just 14 minutes of action.
" Coming from Memphis, those guys have a good grasp of the game and I think you're beginning to see that on display," Anderson said. "The great thing about our guys now is that they are understanding what he is bringing to the table.
"With a guy like that, he can miss three in a row and then turn around and hit five in a row," Anderson added. "I've seen it time and time when we were recruiting him."
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