But unlike last Friday's 91-82 home loss to now No. 4 Syracuse, this Saturday's game with No. 3 Michigan will be on the road.
The Razorbacks (4-3) and Wolverines (8-0) will meet at 11 a.m. at Chrisler Arena in a game that will be televised nationally by CBS.
"I think it is one of the ultimate challenges," Anderson said. "You are playing against a top three team, a team that could be in the Final Four and you are having to go to their place to play them plus it is a rubber game because we played them last year. I am sure they will be all charged up.
"But at the same time, it will give me an idea of where we are at as we go into an opponent's gym," Anderson added. "It will be like going into a hornet's nest so to speak. Or a Wolverines' nest I guess. We have got to go play the game and great challenge for our team."
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"You saw what Arkansas did to us last year," Beilein said. "They're going to bring a quickness and an intensity to the game that is tough to match, tough to simulate in practice. We're going to have to really be ready to play 40 minutes of basketball. There's going to be no letup. And we'll have take care of the ball and make shots.
"I've got a lot of respect for Arkansas," Beilein added. "I think it's what we love about college basketball. There's so many ways to be successful, and one that Coach Anderson has done at Arkansas, and Nolan Richardson did, is they take you out of everything you're doing and say, OK, now what are you going to do? We've got to find those answers."
Michigan is loaded with talent with 6-0 point guard Trey Burke (17.0) and two guys whose dads played in the NBA in 6-6 shooting guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. (15.9) and 6-6 forward Glenn Robinson III (11.6) all consider big-time NBA prospects.
Burke may be the best of the three.
"He plays with great poise," Anderson said. "He is a leader of that team. I think a lot of things are really dictated by his play. He is a guy that has unbelievable range but more than that he can get into the cracks of the defense. He finds the shooters and they spread that floor. He has got a great feel for the game. He's like a little coach out on the floor."
" And so I am sure that Beilein puts the ball in his hands and lets him make plays," Anderson added. "He's got a great support staff around him. They have versatility with Robinson and Hardaway. Very skilled and athletic players."
Bielein lauded the play of Arkansas forward Marshawn Powell (16.1), who had a career-high 33 points Tuesday night in the Razorbacks' 81-78 win over Oklahoma.
"I think Powell is the best power forward we've seen all year," Bielein said. We've seen some pretty good ones whether it was against Kansas State, PItt, North Carolina State. I think he's as good as anybody we've seen if not better. But this is a team effort for them. They've got a lot of people that can put you double figures."
B.J. Young leads the SEC in scoring at 19.5 points per game while Coty Clarke is next at 8.1 points and leads with 5.9 rebounds per game.
What does Arkansas need to do to have a chance?
"On the road you have to hang around," Anderson said. "You certainly have got to put the ball in the hole. You have got o shoot the balls well and you have got to defend and you can't put people on the free throw line."
This game is the final in a five-game stretch that will have seen Arkansas play five tough non-conference foes that all harbor NCAA Tournament aspirations.
"We are playing a good schedule," Anderson said. "We are playing against good teams. And to get a win, that's like a reward for you. We worked extremely hard and we are learning how to win. I think the more we learn how to win early on it will pay off as we go through the rest of our schedule, nonconference schedule and getting into conference play.
"I think you build confidence by winning," Anderson added. "You can play and be in games and almost … but almost doesn't get it done. The bottom line is you find a way to win. I think our guys learned a little more about themselves."