"It should be an electric atmosphere," Anderson said. I think about the games that we have had here, the years I was here. Barnhill, you go back to the UNLV game. I don't know if it will be that kind of atmosphere but it will be a great atmosphere…You are playing against a program that has won championships, a national championship."
"So it will be great for our fans, great for our players, our students," Anderson added. "Just a great atmosphere."
The first 10,000 fans will get white shirts as the school attempts to pull off a white out.
A packed house is what junior power forward Marshawn Powell is hoping for – something admittedly he has not seen much in his time as a Razorback.
"I really haven't played in front of a crowd that big in a long time (since he missed last year)," Powell said. "Hopefully it will be a great crowd that will give us a lot of energy. That's who we play for."
Anderson was a player for Tulsa against Syracuse in the 1980s, an assistant when the Razorbacks met the Orange in the NCAA Tournament in 1995 and is now the head coach at Arkansas for this Friday's game.
Amazingly, Boeheim has been the head coach at Syracuse all three of those times.
"I remember he had just gotten the job maybe one or two years prior to when I played them," Anderson said. "And then of course we played them in '95 and we got to the Final Four...Now we get a chance to play each other in the SEC-Big East Challenge."
Boeheim is a legend in the coaching industry.
"He's a great coach," Anderson said. "He's seen a lot of players and seen a lot of things in college basketball. He's had a chance to work with USA Basketball. He's been part of Olympic teams. He has been at one place for a long period of time. That tells you a lot about him. He has tremendous loyalty to Syracuse University and I think that is returned back to him as well."
Arkansas will be coming into this game off losses to Arizona State and No. 24 Wisconsin last weekend in the Las Vegas Invitational.
"I found out more about my team," Anderson said. "I got to see guys perform against very good competition. So that being said, they got to understand the things that are going to be demanded of them, the sense of urgency, especially coming up against the teams we have got to face. Not only nonconference but conference as well."
Razorback junior guard Mardracus Wade also believes the two losses will make Arkansas a better team in the long run.
"It showed what we need to get better at, it showed where our team is at, it shows our focus is not where it needs to be and our focus needs to be on the defensive end," Wade said. "On offense, we are standing around too much and putting the ball in one person's hands."
Wade noted that his team has rebounded in practice this week.
"The guys took it pretty hard," Wade said of the Las Vegas losses. "Especially the young guys because they thought we were just going to come in there and win. The older guys thought that, too, but the younger guys came in yesterday with a better focus and you could tell those guys were talking a little bit more and I think are going to get the best from the team on Friday."